PR6 - Italian swimmers sweep the men’s medals, Brazilian women shine at home
The results of the first race of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2009, which took place on Saturday, January 24 in Santos (BRA), are marked by a complete Italian medal sweep in the men’s field. Winning the race in 2:05:44.16 was Simone Ercoli (ITA), while his compatriots Luca Ferretti and 2008 10km World Cup champion Valerio Cleri took second (in 2:05:49.51) and third (in 2:05:54.38) respectively. Finishing seconds later in fourth and fifth were Olympians Allan do Carmo (BRA) and Luis Escobar (MEX).
In the women’s field the top-two positions went to two of the home favourites. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) was the winner in 2:09.49.10, while Poliana Okimoto (BRA) clinched silver in 2:09:58.23. The bronze medal was reserved for Nadine Pastor (GER) in 2:10:00.12, while Olympian Martina Grimaldi (ITA) took fourth just one second later. Some of the stars of open water also swimming in Santos finished in minor positions, such as Angela Maurer (GER) in sixth, Kristel Kobrich (CHI) in seventh and Olympic medallist Cassandra Patten (GBR) in 17th.