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Swimming at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's 10 kilometres Open Water

Swimming at the 2008 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Mapo, Shunyi
Date Started: August 21, 2008
Date Finished: August 21, 2008
Format: Final only.

Gold: NED Maarten van der Weijden
Silver: GBR Dave Davies
Bronze: GER Thomas Lurz

Summary

The introduction of open water swimming into the Olympics had completely changed the climate of the event. Formerly the domain of specialist marathon swimmers, the lure of Olympic gold had begun to attract those with a high class background in the 1500 metres. The favoured swimmers soon moved to the front of the pack as Britain's David Davies took the lead from an early stage and one by one the rest of the field dropped away until just a trio of swimmers were left in contention. Davies still led with a few hundred metres to go but he drifted away from the finishing funnel and had to cut sharply back onto the right path to the finish. This gave Holland's Maarten van der Weijden the opportunity to pull ahead in the race for gold and he was not to waste his change and finished clear of the chasing pair of Davies, who held on for silver, and Germany's Thomas Lurz. Van der Weijden's victory was amongst the most emotional triumphs of the entire 2008 Games as his promising career has seemingly ended in 2001 when he was diagnosed with leukemia. With the aid of stem cell treatment he had returned after a two-year absence to resume his swimming career. The reigning World Champion, Vladimir Dyatchin of Russia, had the ignominy of being disqualified for obstructing fellow swimmers.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T BN
1 Maarten van der Weijden 27 Netherlands NED Gold 1-51:51.6 17
2 Dave Davies 23 Great Britain GBR Silver 1-51:53.1 10
3 Thomas Lurz 28 Germany GER Bronze 1-51:53.6 6
4 Valerio Cleri 27 Italy ITA 1-52:07.5 3
5 Yevgeny Drattsev 25 Russia RUS 1-52:08.9 14
6 Petar Stoychev 31 Bulgaria BUL 1-52:09.1 21
7 Brian Ryckeman 24 Belgium BEL 1-52:10.7 8
8 Mark Warkentin 28 United States USA 1-52:13.0 18
9 Chad Ho 18 South Africa RSA 1-52:13.1 5
10 Erwin Maldonado 25 Venezuela VEN 1-52:13.6 9
11 Ky Hurst 27 Australia AUS 1-52:13.7 23
12 Ihor Chervynskiy 26 Ukraine UKR 1-52:14.7 4
13 Kiko Hervás 26 Spain ESP 1-52:16.5 2
14 Allan do Carmo 19 Brazil BRA 1-52:16.6 1
15 Gilles Rondy 26 France FRA 1-52:16.7 24
16 Spyros Gianniotis 28 Greece GRE 1-52:20.4 25
17 Rostislav Vítek 32 Czech Republic CZE 1-52:41.8 19
18 Luis Escobar 23 Mexico MEX 1-53:47.9 22
19 Saleh Mohammad 22 Syria SYR 1-54:37.7 11
20 Mohamed Monir 24 Egypt EGY 1-55:17.0 13
21 Damián Blaum 27 Argentina ARG 1-55:48.6 15
22 Arsenyi Lavrentyev 25 Portugal POR 2-03:39.6 12
23 Xin Tong 21 China CHN 2-09:13.4 7
AC Csaba Gercsák 19 Hungary HUN 16 DNF
AC Vladimir Dyatchin 25 Russia RUS 20 DQ