ArticlesJun 11 2012
- Written by Sharon Robb
In only his second competitive open water 10K swim, Tunisia’s Olympian Ous Mellouli won the men’s 10K title Sunday at the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier in Portugal’s Setubal Bay.
It was the second consecutive day a Trojan Swim Club distance swimmer won. American Haley Anderson won the women’s race on Saturday. Both train at Southern California with open water coach Catherine Vogt.
Mellouli was in the lead pack for 8,000 meters and then turned on the speed with 1,500 meters to go to win in 1 hour, 45 minutes and 18 seconds.
Organizers said the course was adjusted after complaints of the women’s course being short.
Mellouli is trying to double in open water and the pool. “Why not? Mellouli said when asked about doubling. The pool events are first at the London Olympics in 46 days.
Canadian Richard Weinberger, 22, stamped his ticket to London with a second place finish 11 seconds behind Mellouli. He worked his way back from being in last place after losing his goggles and ripping off an annoying swim cap. He moved from 49th, 23rd, 15th, 8th and fifth at the
splits in the six-lap race.
“To know I’m going to the Olympics is just unexplainable,” Weinberger told reporters. “I don’t think it has sunk in just yet.”
The top nine finishers, with a limit of one per country, earned an Olympic nomination. Yurij Kudinov of Kazakhstan also qualified in 1:46:22.
Mutual Of Omaha Swim Invitational
By the looks of it, the U.S. Olympic Trials pool is ready and waiting for the Big Show in fifteen days.
The dress rehearsal was successful as the Mutual of Omaha Swim Invitational ended on Sunday with several more good swims. The facility was praised along with meet production, scoring system and volunteer base.
On the final day of competition, Kevin Cordes won the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in a best time 1:01.23, finishing ahead of Clark Burckle, Carl Mickelson and Brendan McHugh.
Ashley Wanland of Wisconsin won the women’s 100-meter breaststroke in 1:08.74 knocking off Olympian Amanda Beard, second in 1:08.86. Former NCAA champion Annie Chandler was third in 1:09.01. Wanland was nearly a second ahead of Beard at the turn but Beard managed to close the gap.
Minnesota’s David Plummer won the 100-meter backstroke in 54.61 ahead of favorite Matt Grevers in 54.64.
Seventeen-year-old Olivia Smoliga won the women’s 100-meter backstroke in 1:01.15 followed by 13-year-old Keaton Blovad of Phoenix Swim Club in a best time 1:03.20. It was the fourth time Blovad has posted a 1:03. She is faster than Missy Franklin was at age 13.
Sweden’s Beckie Palm of Wisconsin won the 200-meter butterfly in a best time 2:16.38. Kevin Quinn won the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:03.55.
South African Darian Townsend won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:01.35. He led from wire-to-wire after a fast opening split of 25.63. Whitney Burnett of Tucson Ford won the women’s 200 IM in 2:16.43.
Leah Stevens, 15, of Lakeside, Ky. won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:44.97.
Alexander Nickell won the 1500-meter freestyle in a Trials cut time of 15:50.38.
Sunshine State Games
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