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UPDATE 1-Open Water-Dutch duo Weertman and Van Rouwendaal win 10km titles


Reuters 09 Aug 2018, 03:06 PM

(Updates with men's 10km race)

GLASGOW, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Ferry Weertman won the men's European Championships open water 10-km title after the most dramatic of photo finishes in Loch Lomond on Thursday to complete a Dutch double after Sharon van Rouwendaal had won the equivalent women's race.

Olympic champion Weertman had looked beaten coming into the final 100 metre sprint to the line but produced a remarkable last-gasp surge to touch the finishing board fractionally ahead of the long-time leader, Hungary's Kristof Rasovszky.

After their exhausting slog, Weertman and Rasovszky were given the same time of one hour 49 minutes 28.2 seconds. It was so close that it took several minutes before the judges confirmed the 26-year-old Dutchman had touched first.

Earlier, Olympic champion Van Rouwendaal completed the double which had narrowly eluded the men's 5km winner Rasovszky when she added the blue riband 10 km title to the 5km gold she had won 24 hours earlier.

In the chilly waters of Loch Lomond with the rain coming down at the end, the 24-year-old proved as relentless over the near-two hour slog as she had done on Wednesday, setting the pace for all but the first km of the race.

Entering the last of the four 2.5km laps, only Italy's Giulia Gabrielleschi could still hang on to Van Rouwendaal's pace as it turned into a two-swimmer duel but even the dogged Italian was eventually broken over the final km.

Van Rouwendaal, the Olympic champion at the distance, forged away to win by 7.3 seconds in one hour 54 minutes 45.7 seconds.

Behind Gabrielleschi (1:54:53.0) came Van Rouwendaal's Dutch team mate, Esmee Vermeulen who took the bronze in 1:55:27.4.

Van Rouwendaal now has her sights set on winning four golds at the championships as she targets Saturday's 5km mixed team relay and Sunday's individual 25km event. (Reporting by Ian Chadband; Editing by Ken Ferris)

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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