Lurz Extends Gold Count To 25k; Grimaldi Top Woman

Germany’s ironman of open water, Thomas Lurz, finally claimed solo gold at the third time of asking at the 15th FINA World Championships here in Barcelona, his victory in the curtain-closing 25km a fourth medal after gold in the 5km team event, silver in the 10km marathon and bronze in the 5km at the start of the week. The 25km title among women went to Italy’s Martina Grimaldi.

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Germany’s ironman of open water, Thomas Lurz, finally claimed solo gold at the third time of asking at the 15th FINA World Championships here in Barcelona, his victory in the curtain-closing 25km a fourth medal after gold in the 5km team event, silver in the 10km marathon and bronze in the 5km at the start of the week. The 25km title among women went to Italy’s Martina Grimaldi.

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Lennart van Haaften

Wow, those are very fast times! The men’s winning time is even quite a bit faster than the 4:55 in the 2000 open water world championships in Hawaii. The 5:07 for Grimaldi is also exceptionally fast. Is that because of the water temperature?

This seems to be the first medal for Lurz in the 25 km in a major championship, after loads of 5k and 10k medals.

aswimfan

Losing bronze by 0.1 second after battling through nearly 5 hours??

Ouch. That must hurt.

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