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FINA World Championships 2017 Day 3 - Women's 10km

France's Aurelie Muller, who was disqualified in the final stages of her Rio 2016 race, has won gold in 2:00:13.7 in the Women's 10km event on Lake Balaton.

Britain's Danielle Huskisson (2:01:06.1) finished 11th, 52.4s back. Huskisson had kept pace with and was just 8s behind early leader Ashley Twichell (USA) at 1km mark. She then moved steadly up the leaderboard as Muller began to spearhead the chasing pack. 
 
At the halfway point Huskisson was comfortably in third place, 5.1s behind Muller, with Olympic champion Sharon Van Rounwendaal (NED) in second. GB's Alice Dearing was in the chasing group, 26th and 27.9s back.
 
However open water racing is not without its special challenges and from 73 minutes in, a six minute spell saw Huskisson fall back to 12th. Italy's Arianna Bridi had established a narrow lead 90 mins in but Van Rounwendaal too was dropped over the last 2.5km. Muller's tactics were spot on as she outpaced Bridi and then held off all challenges over the final stages of the race.

Ecuador's Samantha Arevalo (2:00:17.0) pulled away from Bridi, Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) and Rachele Bruni (ITA) to take silver. Bridi and Cunha tied for bronze (2:00:17.2) after a photo finish.

Alice Dearing finished 25th (2:04:24.4).

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Published
16.07.2017