In the post-Olympic season, the elite world of open water swimming continues in Asia. At the FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup 2008 in Hong Kong on September 28th, it was another incredibly close and competitive race on both the men's and women's side.
On the men's side, Italy's Valerio Cleri just out-touched Russia's Daniil Serebrennikov and Brazil's Allan do Carmo by one second. Egypt’s rising talent Mazen Aziz was 4th when he outsprinted multi-time world champion Yury Kudinov by by one second.
And, as it is becoming the longest running re-run on the pro circuit, Olympic 10K Marathon Swim champion Larisa Ilchenko of Russia out-ran Chile’s Kristel Kobrich by 3 seconds.
Bronze went to young Ana Marcela Cunha, who was 5th in Beijing, but only after a razor-thin defeat of 4th-place Alice Franco of Italy. German's Angela Maurer and Britta Kamrau-Corestein got fifth and sixth respectively.
The medalists were as follows:
1. Valerio Cleri, 1:46:17
2. Daniil Serebrennikov, 1:46:18
3. Allan do Carmo, 1:46:22
1. Larisa Ilchenko, 1:52:15
2. Kristel Kobrich, 1:52:18
3. Ana Marcela Cunha, 1:52:24
Photo of Valerio Cleri by Giorgio Scala of Deepbluemedia.