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Gold for Burnell as Brits shine in Mexico

by ZwemZa on May 3rd, 2015
Jack Burnell : image

Jack Burnell : (

Britain’s Jack Burnell lead home a world class field to claim the gold medal at the Mexico leg of the FINA/HOSA Marathon World Cup in Cozumel.

Burnell finished strongly to fend off a large chasing pack and completed the 10km, off-shore course with a four-second cushion for the victory.

Team mates Dan Fogg, Caleb Hughes and Tom Allen were close behind in 7th, 19th and 23rd respectively from a field of around 70 swimmers.

For Burnell it was the second podium finish in as many outings after he claimed silver at the Abu Dhabi leg of the series in March.

 Hayley Anderson (USA Swimming)

Hayley Anderson (USA Swimming)

Former World Champion Keri-anne Payne finished as the highest placed Brit in the women’s race coming home in 19th place in a race that saw the impressive Hayley Anderson from the USA edge out a determined Ana Marcela Da Cunha from Brazil and Italian prospect Aurora Ponsell in a closely contested affair.

Saturday’s event provided the second and final stage of a selection process for this summer’s World Championships in Kazan which started in February in Australia for the British. The British team will be announced at a later date.

Meanwhile, Australia was also among the major nations to have named this event as their selection meet for the World Championships.

Simon Huitenga and Chelsea Gubecka successfully secured a spot on the Australian 2015 FINA World Championship team following the event in Cozumel.

With a tough international field and both Russia and Rio selection on the line, Huitenga and Gubecka impressed with their results, finishing in eighth and seventh spot respectively.

Barcelona World Championship representative, Huitenga worked his way inside the top ten in Cozumel, hitting the finishing gate in a time of 1:42:15.02 to be the first Aussie home and finish in eighth place overall.

Australian Surf Lifesaving champion George O’Brien was the next best placed Australian, getting the better of Australian Open Water Champion Jarrod Poort to finish 20th in a time of 1:42:30.00 and successfully qualify for his first World Championship and senior Australian Dolphins Swim team.

While Wollongong based Poort was 31st overall in a time of 1:42:57.00.

Chelsea Gubecka

Chelsea Gubecka

At just 16-years-of-age, Gubecka will be heading to her second World Championships in Russia after finishing seventh in a time of 1:48.07.00 – just two seconds off a podium finish.

After representing Australia at the Pan Pacific Championships last year, Kareena Lee will this year join the Dolphins and take on the World Championships after finishing 14th in a time of 1:48:42.00.

Olympian and World Championship representative Mel Gorman was just off the pace touching the finishing gate in 1:51:37.02 for 29th place.

A handful of Americans headed straight to Cozumel after the U.S. Open Water National Championships last week.

The highest finisher was Andrew Gemmell in 9th, followed by Sean Ryan in 21st and Chip Peterson in 29th. Ryan is the only among those three who is likely to be selected to the U.S. World Championships roster by virtue of his second-place finish in the 10k in Fort Myers.

Dutch swimmer Ferry Weertman, who won the 5k and 10k European Championships last year, was 4th in Cozumel in 1:42:14, leading a group of three (Andreas Waschburger and Allan do Carmo) in a photo-finish.

The runner-up in the mens event Esteban Enderica of Ecuador is the brother of Ivan Enderica, who was just 32nd in this race. Ivan was 7th at the 2013 World Championships in the 5km and has  just returned from a year-long doping suspension two months ago.

Men’s 10km top three:

Jack Burnell, GBR, 1:42:06.00

Esteban Enderica Sal Gado, ECU, 1:42:10.00

Simone Ruffini, ITA, 1:42:13.00

Women’s 10km top three:

Hayley Anderson, USA, 1:48:01.00

Ana Marcela Da Cunha, BRA, 1:48:04.00

Aurora Ponsell, ITA, 1:48:05.00

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