U.S. Women are Top 10 in World Championships 10K
Team USA saw two top-ten finishes Tuesday in the 10K at the FINA World Championships at Moll de la Fusta in Barcelona. Becca Mann and Christine Jennings battled a tough field to finish 8th and 10th, respectively, in the race that lasted just under two hours.
Both Mann and Jennings battled hard throughout the race in a tight lead pack that rarely loosened up. Following the first 2.5k, Mann was tied for 19th while Jennings was in the 11th place position. During the second lap, Mann fell back to 24th but was able to recover with a strong third lap and was in 7th place after 7.5k. Jennings remained in the top 15 throughout the race, climbing to the 7th position after 5k and then back to 11th after 7.5k.
In the third lap of the race, Mann lost her goggles around one of the turn buoys while swimming with the lead pack. She was able to grab another pair at the next feeding station and didn’t lose much ground during the incident.
Mann’s final time was 1:58.23.4 and Jennings finished in 1:58.23.6. It was an extremely close race as Mann finished just 4.2 seconds behind the winner, Poliana Okimoto Cintra of Brazil. This was Okimoto Cintra’s first gold medal of the World Championships as she finished second behind Haley Anderson of the U.S. in the 5K on July 20. Second place in the 10k went to Ana Cunha, also of Brazil, while third went to Angela Maurer of Germany.
The swimming action at the FINA World Championships continues Thursday, July 25 with the 5K team pursuit. The U.S. is the defending champion in the event, having won the event at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China. Open water competition runs through July 27 and the pool competition of the Championships will take place July 28 through August 4. For more information, visit www.usaswimmming.org.