They were among the youngest racers in their respective fields but Richard Weinberger of Victoria and Karyn Jewell of Gatineau, showed they belonged in Tuesday’s five kilometre races at the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships.
In the men’s five kilometre, Thomas Lurz of Germany collected his fifth career world title clocking 57 minutes and 42.63 seconds. Evgeny Drattsev of Russia, second in Sunday’s 10 kilometre, was runner-up again in 57:44.15 and Francis Crippen of the U.S., was third in 57:46.48.
Weinberger was only 20 seconds off the winning time finishing 17th in 58:02.94. On Sunday he was an impressive 13th in the 10 kilometre again about 20 seconds from the winner.
‘’I’m satisfied with that performance,’’ said Weinberger, 20, about Tuesday’s race. ‘’It was only my second five kilometre race in open water and I just wasn’t use to the pace. I know I can do better. Positioning was very difficult because it was such a tight group, it was hard to get by anybody. It was like you were boxed in the whole race.’’
In the women’s five kilometre, Eva Fabian of the U.S., disqualified in Saturday’s 10 kilometre, took the gold in one hour and two minutes and 00.99 seconds. Giorgia Consiglio of Italy earned her second silver of the competition in 1:02:01.09 and Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil was third in 1:02:02.69.
Jewell, 16, made her world championship debut and was the top Canadian in 25th spot in 1:03:22.59 while Zsofia Balazs of Toronto was 29th. Water temperature was an icy 19 C on Lac St-Jean.
“I was pretty hung up on my start and although it went well, I probably overworked it,” said Jewell, who currently trains with the Phenix Swim Club in Gatineau, Que. “But the second lap ended up getting pretty rough. Still it was a very good experience.”
The water temperature wasn’t Jewell’s biggest concern.
“I thought the water was actually pretty warm, I’ve been in colder. The biggest challenge for me was keeping up with the pack. I didn’t know what to expect. I just adjusted as I swam.”
Competition ends Thursday with the men’s and women’s 25 kilometre marathon.