The two grueling Olympic 10K Marathon Swims in Beijing were truly special.
The incredible pace set by the British swimmers (David Davies in the men's race and Keri-Anne Payne and Cassandra Patten in the women's race), the dramatic come-from-behind victories by Maarten van der Weijden and Larisa Ilchenko, and the (generally unseen) physicality of the event can be enjoyed - anytime at your convenience - on NBCOlympics.com.
Click here for the men's race.
Click here for the women's race.
"It was a typical race," said American Mark Warkentin. "There were bursts of speed and lots of physical contact."
Photo of an exhausted 16th-place Natalie du Toit after women's race.
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