Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Olympic: 10km Swimming Marathon

10km in less than 2 hour.....just can't imagine how tough is that!

BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China (AP): Larisa Ilchenko of Russia has won a gold medal in women's 10-kilometer open water swimming, an event making its Olympic debut.

Ilchenko sprinted from behind in the closing meters and finished the grueling race in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 27.7 seconds Wednesday in the shallow, calm water at Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park.

Russia's Larisa Ilchenko waves to supporters after winning the women's swimming marathon during the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. - AP

Keri-Anne Payne of Britain took the silver in 1:59.40.7. Her teammate, Cassandra Patten, earned the bronze in 1:59.42.3.

Natalie du Toit of South Africa, an amputee who removed her carbon-fiber prosthetic left leg before diving in, finished 16th.

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