Russia’s Larisa Ilchenko wins 10km marathon swim
Russia’s Larisa Ilchenko has won the women’s 10km marathon swim at the Beijing Olympics setting a time of 1 hour 59 minutes and 27 seconds.
Keri-Anne Payne from Great Britain won the silver medal and Cassie Patten also from Great Britain won the bronze medal.
“I’m very happy, It was a really hard race,” Ilchenko told reporters. “The two British girls were very strong.”
Ilchenko is famous for swimming in the wake of other swimmers, saving energy and making a final charge at the finish line.
“It’s what she does, everyone has their own tactics, it doesn’t bother me,” Payne said.
“It was tough, but a good race for me. We were hoping we were far enough ahead to stop her coming back, but she did. I think she was surprised, we definitely had her worried.”
South Africa’s amputee swimmer Natalie du Toit finished 16th.
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