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Swimming at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women'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 20, 2008
Date Finished: August 20, 2008
Format: Final only.

Gold: RUS Lara Ilchenko
Silver: GBR Keri-Anne Payne
Bronze: GBR Cassie Patten

Summary

More than any other event on the women's programme, the open water swim had a clear gold medal favourite. Lara Ilchenko of Russia had won five successive world titles at 5 km and the last three over 10 km. The pattern of the race emerged at an early stage with the British pair of Cassie Patten and Keri-Anne Payne moving to the front of the pack and forcing the pace. The tactic worked to the point that only two others were able to follow. Ilchenko stayed on the shoulders of the leaders before unleashing her sprint with 110 metres to go. She sped clear to finish ahead of Payne with Patten edging Angela Maurer of Germany for the bronze medal. Natalie du Toit of South Africa finished in 16th position. Du Toit had represented her nation at the age of 14 but lost a leg in a motorcycle accident in 2001. She came to world attention by winning five titles at the 2004 Paralympic Games then in 2008 qualified for the Olympic Games by placing 4th at the World Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T BN
1 Lara Ilchenko 19 Russia RUS Gold 1-59:27.7 12
2 Keri-Anne Payne 20 Great Britain GBR Silver 1-59:29.2 21
3 Cassie Patten 21 Great Britain GBR Bronze 1-59:31.0 2
4 Angela Maurer 33 Germany GER 1-59:31.9 18
5 Ana Marcela Cunha 16 Brazil BRA 1-59:36.8 1
6 Swann Oberson 22 Switzerland SUI 1-59:36.9 15
7 Poliana Okimoto 25 Brazil BRA 1-59:37.4 20
8 Jana Pechanová 27 Czech Republic CZE 1-59:39.7 16
9 Andreina Pinto 16 Venezuela VEN 1-59:40.0 6
10 Martina Grimaldi 19 Italy ITA 1-59:40.7 24
11 Marianna Lymberta 29 Greece GRE 1-59:42.3 17
12 Teja Zupan 17 Slovenia SLO 1-59:43.7 8
13 Yurema Requena 25 Spain ESP 1-59:46.9 4
14 Edith van Dijk 35 Netherlands NED 2-00:02.8 25
15 Melissa Gorman 22 Australia AUS 2-00:33.6 14
16 Natalie du Toit 24 South Africa RSA 2-00:49.9 23
17 Daniela Inácio 19 Portugal POR 2-00:59.0 22
18 Eva Berglund 24 Sweden SWE 2-01:05.0 3
19 Fang Yanqiao 19 China CHN 2-01:07.9 9
20 Imelda Martínez 26 Mexico MEX 2-01:07.9 10
21 Aurélie Muller 18 France FRA 2-02:04.1 11
22 Chloe Sutton 16 United States USA 2-02:13.6 19
23 Nataliya Samorodina 25 Ukraine UKR 2-10:41.6 13
24 Antonella Bogarín 16 Argentina ARG 2-11:35.9 5
AC Kristel Köbrich 22 Chile CHI 7 DNF