2016 OPEN WATER JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Saturday, July 16 – Monday, July 18
- Hoorn, Netherlands
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- Live results
The 14-15 boys 5K race in Hoorn this morning went to Russia’s Daniil Orlov, who won by a big margin.
Orlov finished the race in 59:27.9, one of seven finishers to touch under an hour. He was nearly thirty seconds ahead of the rest of the field at the finish, but the next four guys finished in rapid succession.
Spain’s Eric Vilaregut touched at 59:54.5 for silver, just ahead of GBR’s Hector Pardoe (59:55.0), Italy’s Samuele De Rinaldi (59:55.2), and Hungary’s Zoltan Tabi (59:55.6). Vilaregut jumped from 8th at the halfway mark all the way to second in a late charge.
On the girls’ side, it was China’s Liu Xiaohan who grabbed the gold. Liu swam a race much like Vilaregut– she was just 9th at the 2500m mark, or halfway, but stormed back to the finish to win in 1:03:48.0. Interesting note: Liu actually just turned 14 two days ago. The young gun handled the field, nonetheless.
Liu didn’t win by a hefty margin, though– Italy’s Giulia Berton was right behind her for the silver medal at 1:03:50.9. Third went to Spain’s Maria Romero, who led at 2500m, with a 1:03:53.6.
The next race at these championships will be the 18-19 10K race, scheduled for 11am tomorrow in Hoorn.