With $74,000 worth of prizes on the line, including $17,000 to each of the winners, the hot hands from last summer’s championship meets remained hot in Perth, Australia, with American Andrew Gemmell and Netherlands’ Sharon van Rouwendaal took home top honors.
This race is the open water segment of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series, though unlike pool swimming and water polo, it is an open event.
When the men’s 10km race came down to the finish, there was only one Australian in the mix at all (Jarrod Poort), but the day went to the Americans, as Andrew Gemmell beat countrymate Alex Meyer by about a second-and-a-half. Gemmell touched in 1:45:26.90 to Meyer’s 1:45:28.30.
Gemmell also won the open water race at this summer’s Pan Pac Championships in Hawaii.
Britain’s best swimmer, Daniel Fogg, was a fingernail behind Meyer at a photo-finish (.05 seconds to be exact), which earned him 3rd place and $6,000.
The full men’s money winners:
- Andrew Gemmell, USA, 1:45:26.90 – $17,000
- Alex Meyer, USA, 1:45:28.30 – $8,000
- Daniel Fogg, UK, 1:45:28.35 – $6,000
- Jarrod Poort, AUS, 1:45:29.90 – $4,000
- Ferry Weertman, NED, 1:45:31.10 – $2,000
On the women’s side, the relative-newcomer to open water Sharon van Rouwendaal stamped more success on her resume as she might have moved into the favorite’s roll ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Whereas the men’s race was quite competitive, van Rouwendaal dominated the women’s race by 38 seconds ahead of runner-up Keri-Anne Payne of Great Britain.
After those two top finishers, the Americans took the next three spots. Teenager Becca Mann took 3rd, followed by Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson and Christine Jennings.
Once again, the Australian’s failed to defend home water. Their top finisher was Melissa Gorman was 6th in 2:09:23.20 – almost a minute behind the winner.
The women’s full money winners:
- Sharon van Rouwendaal, NED, 2:08:38.10 – $17,000
- Keri-Anne Payne, UK, 2:09:16.50 – $8,000
- Becca Mann, US, 2:09:18.30 – $6,000
- Haley Anderson, US, 2:09:20.10 – $4,000
Eva FabianChristine Jennings, US – $2,000
Update: Eva Fabian was originally listed as the 5th-place finisher in official results, but that has since been updated. Read more here.
While the 10km race was the big show, there were still prizes available in the shorter races. American Tyler Clary took an easy win in the men’s by-category 5km race, earning a $200 2XU voucher for his efforts.