Saturday, July 25, 2009

World Championship Men's 25K Results

Rough seas call for hardy men. The world's best marathon swimmers ventured out at Ostia Beach this Saturday morning in Rome and battled amongst themselves and the windy, wavy elements.

Valerio Cleri, who placed a close fourth in the men's 10K, captured the first swimming gold for Italy with a strong closing sprint over Trent Grimsey of Australia who swam all three events in these championships (the 5K on Tuesday, the 10K on Wednesday and the 25K on Saturday). Vladimir Dyatchin of Russia, a former 5K and 10K world champion, broadened his reportoire to the 25K, taking third.

The final results are as follows:

GOLD: Valerio Cleri (ITA), 5:26:31.6
SILVER: Trent Grimsey (AUS), 5:26:50.7
BRONZE: Vladimir Dyatchin (RUS), 5:29:29.3
4. Brian Ryckeman (BEL), 5:30:18.4
5. Loic Branda (FRA), 5:30:20.9
6. Bertrand Venturi (FRA), 5:30:22.9
7. Brendan Capell (AUS), 5:30:27.5
8. Rostislav Vitek (CZE), 5:32:38.8
9. Simon Tobin Daignault (CAN), 5:34:48.2
10. Libor Smolka (CZE), 5:35:06.4
11. Sean Ryan (USA), 5:36:22.2 - shown above
12. Andrea Volpini (ITA), 5:36:37.9
13. Manual Chiu (MEX), 5:39:12.1
14. Rodrigo Elorza (MEX), 5:43:26.4
15. Danill Serebrennikov (RUS), 5:46:21.7
16. Arseniy Lavrentyev (POR), 5:48:43.0
17. Saleh Mohammad (SYR), 5:49:30.6
18 Adel El-Beharya (EGY), 5:54:00.3
Evgenji Popacev (MKD), OTL
Mohammed Jassim Alghareeb (KSA), DNF
Alex Meyer (USA), DSQ - shown above
Mazen Metwaly (EGY), DNS
Diego Nogueira Montero (ESP), DNS

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Anonymous said...

How did Alex Meyer DQ? I heard it was near the end of the race.

Steven Munatones said...

Alex pulled on a fellow competitor's leg to receive his first yellow card earlier in the race. On the last lap, Alex swam over a female competitor around a turn buoy to receive his second yellow card (and therefore was disqualified). Although the men's and women's races were separate, they were held on the same course and in the judgment of the referee, his action was a violation of the rules. The referee informed this information to the USA Swimming delegation after the end of the race.

In our opinion, for Alex to be in such a great position at the end of an extremely competitive race against the world's best and most experienced marathon swimmers under such difficult conditions is a testament to his great potential in this sport.

We wish him well in his senior year at Harvard University and his future swimming (pool and open water) career.

Anonymous said...

what time would he have been given if not for the DSQ?