Ferry Weertman world champion in 10 km open water

Ferry Weertman world champion in 10 km open water

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Ferry Weertman is Tuesday became world champion in the 10 km open water in the Balaton lake in Hungary. By doing this he has all the big prizes on that away on his roll of honour.

The American Jordan Wilimovsky, and the Frenchman Marc-Antoine Olivier had in the final sprint to take against the strong Weertman.

Weertman, and the other Dutchman Marcel Schouten started waiting at the race in Hungary. Initially, they were in the back of the peloton.

Halfway through the course pushed Schouten slowly forward, later mixed also Weertman more in the fight for the first places. At the start of the last lap swam Weertman on the ninth place and was Schouten twelfth.

In the last 200 meters he sprinted Weertman side-by-side with Olivier and Wilimovsky and touched he was the first to for the American. Schouten was finally eighteenth.

Olympic champion

Weertman is reigning olympic champion on the 10 km. In Rio de Janeiro, he defeated last year, the Greek Spiros Gianniotis after a photo finish.

The 25-year-old Weertman won two years ago at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Kazan, the silver at the 10 km. He was in Russia narrowly defeated by the American Jordan Wilimovsky.

At the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in 2014 in Berlin picked up Weertman, however, the gold on the 10 km.

In Budapest was Weertman keen on the missing world championship title to his roll of honour to add “the list is already very beautiful, but is quite nice as I also still world champion of the word. That is the big goal,” he said before the start of the tournament.

The swimmer from Netherlands is on the world CHAMPIONSHIPS also in action in the 800 metres excellent tactical and technical skills.

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