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Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon 10 kilometre
The men's marathon swim over a distance of 10 kilometres at the 2012 Olympic Games in London took place on 10 August in the Serpentine at Hyde Park.[1]
Men's Marathon Swim
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad

The race was held in the Serpentine lake
VenueThe Serpentine, Hyde Park
DatesAugust 10, 2012
Competitors25 from 23 nations
Winning time1:49:55.1
Medalists
Oussama Mellouli
 Tunisia
Thomas Lurz
 Germany
Richard Weinberger Canada
← 20082016 →
Outclassing a vast field of rivals, Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli built a historic milestone as the first ever swimmer to capture Olympic titles in both pool and open water. Around the 7 km mark, Mellouli quickly opened up a three-body-length lead over a small pack of swimmers, and maintained a fast pace to claim his second gold and third career medal in 1:49:55.1.[2][3] Chasing for two more Olympic medals in a grueling race, Germany's Thomas Lurz finished behind the leader by 3.4 seconds with a silver in 1:49:58.5, while Canada's Richard Weinberger, who pulled off a powerful lead on the first lap, grabbed the bronze in 1:50:00.3.[4][5][6]
Greece's Spyridon Gianniotis, the reigning world champion, mounted a spirited challenge against Mellouli, Lurz and Weinberger in pursuit, but dropped back in the last 200 metres to fourth in 1:50:05.3.[7][8] Enjoying a massive support from the home crowd at Hyde Park, Great Britain's Daniel Fogg struggled to maintain his form after the fourth lap, but pushed himself further from behind with a spectacular swim to claim a fifth spot in 1:50:37.3.[9][10] Fogg was followed in sixth and seventh respectively by Russian duo Sergey Bolshakov (1:50:40.1) and Vladimir Dyatchin (1:50:42.8), while Lurz's teammate Andreas Waschburger, who led both the third and fourth lap ahead of Mellouli and Weinberger, faded down the stretch to pick up the eighth spot in 1:50:44.4.[6] Bulgaria's four-time Olympian Petar Stoychev finished ninth in 1:50:46.2 to hold off a fast-charging American open water swimmer Alex Meyer (1:50:48.2) by exactly two full-body lengths apart from the distance.[11][12]
As the remaining swimmers completed the race in a magnificent fashion, Guam's 16-year-old teen Benjamin Schulte, dubbed as Benny the Bream by the crowd, fought off audaciously throughout the open-water course to round out the field with a twenty-fifth place time in 2:03:35.1.[6][13]
Qualification
The men's 10 km open water marathon at the 2012 Olympics featured a field of 25 swimmers:
Results
RankAthleteNationTimeTime
behind
Notes
Oussama Mellouli
 Tunisia
1:49:55.1
Thomas Lurz Germany1:49:58.5+3.4
Richard Weinberger Canada1:50:00.3+5.2
4Spyridon Gianniotis
 Greece
1:50:05.3+10.2
5Daniel Fogg Great Britain1:50:37.3+42.2
6Sergey Bolshakov
 Russia
1:50:40.1+45.0
7Vladimir Dyatchin
 Russia
1:50:42.8+47.7
8Andreas Waschburger Germany1:50:44.4+49.3Warning
9Petar Stoychev Bulgaria1:50:46.2+51.1
10Alex Meyer United States1:50:48.2+53.1
11Julien Sauvage
 France
1:50:51.3+56.2
12Hercules Troyden Prinsloo
 South Africa
1:50:52.9+57.8Warning
12Erwin Maldonado
 Venezuela
1:50:52.9+57.8
14Igor Chervynskiy
 Ukraine
1:50:56.9+1:01.8
15Yasunari Hirai
 Japan
1:51:20.1+1:25.0Warning
16Brian Ryckeman
 Belgium
1:51:27.1+1:32.0
17Valerio Cleri
 Italy
1:51:29.5+1:34.4
18Csaba Gercsák Hungary1:51:30.9+1:35.8
19Arseniy Lavrentyev
 Portugal
1:51:37.2+1:42.1
20Ky Hurst Australia1:51:41.3+1:46.2
21Ivan Enderica Ochoa
 Ecuador
1:52:28.6+2:33.5
22Yuriy Kudinov Kazakhstan1:52:59.0+3:03.9
23Francisco Hervás
 Spain
1:53:27.8+3:32.7
24Mazen Metwaly
 Egypt
1:54:33.2+4:38.1Warning
25Benjamin Schulte Guam2:03:35.1+13:40.0
References
  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 10 August 2012. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  2. ^ Helliker, Kevin (10 August 2012). "U.S.-Trained Tunisian Takes Gold in Open-Water Swim". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  3. ^ Linden, Julian (10 August 2012). "Mellouli wins open water gold medal". Reuters. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Canadian Richard Weinberger wins Olympic bronze in men's marathon swim". National Post. 10 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-07-17. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  5. ^ Blatchford, Christie (10 August 2012). "Victoria's Richard Weinberger takes Olympic bronze in marathon swimming for Canada". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "2012 London Olympics: Tunisia's Ous Mellouli Becomes First Pool/Open Water Double Gold Medalist with 10K Victory". Swimming World Magazine. 10 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Mellouli wins Olympic open water gold medal". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 10 August 2012. Archived from the original on 17 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  8. ^ White, Duncan (10 August 2012). "London 2012 Olympics: Daniel Fogg fears open water swimming funding cut after Team GB medal failure". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  9. ^ Ingle, Sean (10 August 2012). "London 2012: Fifth for Daniel Fogg not enough in Olympic 10km swim". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Fogg has to settle for fifth: No joy for Brit in the Serpentine". The Daily Mirror. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  11. ^ Berg, Aimee (10 August 2012). "Meyer Tenth in Open Water; Still Has Pool Goals". Team USA. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  12. ^ Saraceno, Jon (10 August 2012). "Swimmer Alex Meyer tackles 10K with fallen friend on his mind". USA Today. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Guam's Benjamin Schulte, 16, wins battle with 'brown water' in 10km swim". News Corp Australia. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  14. ^ "FINA World Championships, Open Water: Greece's Spyros Gianniotis Wins Men's 10K". Swimming World Magazine. 19 July 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-07-17. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  15. ^ "FINA Press Release 2010–79: FINA Bureau Meeting in Dubai (UAE)". London 2012. FINA. 14 December 2010. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  16. ^ "Ous Mellouli Dominates Men's Open Water 10K Qualifier". Swimming World Magazine. 10 June 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-07-17. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
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