Weinberger Sixth at FINA OpenWater Race

Richard Weinberger (UVPCS) had the top finish of the three Canadians competing at the 15km FINA Open Water Grand Prix race in Sumidero Canyon, MEX, on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

In the men’s race, three-time world championship medallist Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria won the gold in three hours and 19 minutes and 52 seconds. Diego Nogueira of Spain was second in 3:20:16 and his compatriot Francisco Hervas third in 3:20:27.

The 19-year-old Weinberger kept pace with the leaders clocking 3:20:37 for sixth spot in his sixth career open water race. Simon Tobin of Ste-Foy, Que., was 10th in 3:23:34 and Xavier Desharnais of LaSalle, Que., 12th in 3:23:36.

“That was Richard’s best open water race so far,” said Canadian coach Ron Jacks of Victoria. “He stayed with the top people. It was a strong field with a couple of Olympians. When Petar took the lead at seven kilometres that’s when race really started and Richard stayed right up there until the end.”

In the women’s race, Tilar Gvijo led Argentina to a 1-2 finish clocking 3:35:27 with Antonnela Bogarin second in 3:35:35 and Marta Recio of Spain third at 3:35:39.

Williams, 16, was ninth in 3:48:02 and Caitlin Nolan of LaSalle 11th in 3:51:31. Wiliams was a member of Canada’s world championship team last year in Rome.

“Nadine fought her way really well when the pack started to move,” said Jacks. “She took a big step forward today with this performance.”

The next major event for Canadian open water swimmers are the world championship trials in Long Beach, California June 4-6. The FINA open water world championships are July 15-23 in Roberval, Que.