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SWIMMING: Xin repeats in Open Water World Cup

China’s Xin Xin is making her case to be considered as one of the world’s top open-water swimmers with her second consecutive victory in the FINA Marathon Swim World Series, this time in home waters at Chun’An (CHN).

Fourth in the 10 km Open Water event in Rio, but just 17th in the 10 km at last year’s World Championships, she touched just less than a second ahead of Leonie Beck (GER) and Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha in Sunday’s race.

In the men’s race, Britain’s Jack Burnell – the 2016 European 10 km silver winner – outlasted a group of 10 swimmers on the final lap to touch first. He1:56:34.8, just 0.1 ahead of Germany’s Rob Muffels.

Olympic and world distance swimming champion Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) and Rio open-water champ Ferry Weertman (NED) followed in less than a second.

Prize money in this event was $3,500-3,000-2,500-1,700-1,500-1,200-950-650 for the top eight place winners in both the men’s and women’s races. The final event in the series will be on 9 November in Abu Dhabi (UAE). Summaries:

FINA Marathon Swim World Series no. 7
Chun’An (CHN) ~ 16 September 2018
(Full results here)

Men (10 km): 1. Jack Burnell (GBR), 1:56:34.8; 2. Rob Frederik Muffels (GER), 1:56:34.9; 3. Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA), 1:56:35.3; 4. Ferry Weertman (NED), 1:56:36.8; 5. Kristof Rasovszky (HUN), 1:56:37.3.

Women (10 km): 1. Xin Xin (CHN), 2:06:22.6; 2. Leonie Beck (GER), 2:06:23.4; 3. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA), 2:06:23.5; 4. Sharon van Rouwendaal (NED), 2:06:24.9; 5. Finnia Wunram (GER), 2:06:25.5.

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