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European Open Water Swimming Championships – Glasgow 2018 D1

Hector Pardoe and Polly Holden have taken away valuable lessons from the first open water races of Glasgow 2018.

The two teenagers were the only British competitors in the 5km event at Loch Lomond, with Holden, who celebrates her 19th birthday next week, finishing 13th, and Pardoe, 17, finishing in 23rd.

Team Manager Adam Clarke said: "It was a really good development opportunity for our young talent."

Men's 5km Open Water

Kristof Rasovszky (HUN, 52:38.9) won gold, Axel Reymond (FRA, 52:41.7) silver and  Logan Fontaine (FRA, 52:44.4) claimed bronze. Hector Pardoe (Ellesmere College) clocked 54:41.5.

Clarke commented: "For Hector it was a big ask for him as a junior making that step up to senior level, particularly with such a strong field. He came out positive and with a better idea of what it will take to do well at senior level."

Women's 5km Open Water

GB's Polly Holden (58:20.9) finished 13th in the 5km event which was won by Sharon Van Rouwendaal (NED, 56:01.0) . The Dutch Olympic gold medalist in the 10 km open water marathon at the 2016 Olympics finished 16.8s ahead of Leonie Antonia  Beck (GER, 56:17.8). Rachele Bruni (ITA, 56:49.7) claimed bronze ahead of compatriot Arianna Bridi (56:58.8).

Clarke said: "Polly learned a lot from it as she is very new to the sport and it's been a steep learning curve. She gained a lot from the experience."

Course Tour

Video of the 2.5km course for the LEN European OWS Champs 2018 in Loch Lomond

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