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European Open Water Swimming Championships – Glasgow 2018 D2

Men's 10km Open Water

Jack Burnell (1:49:37.1) fought hard to keep in medal contention at Glasgow 2018, but couldn't keep up with the pace in a 10k race that ended with a photo finish. The Loughborough based marathon swimmer finished seventh overall in a field of 35, with training-mate Toby Roobinson (1:49:47.5) in 9th and Caleb Hughes (1:51:49.3) in 31st.

Burnell was in a breakaway pack battling for the bronze on the final stretch but fell back in a race where World Champion Ferry Weertman (NED, 1:49:28.2) touched out Kristof Rasovszky (HUN, 1:49:28.2). Rob Muffels (GER, 1:49:33.7) claimed bronze by 1s from Marc-Antoine Olivier (FRA).

Burnell said: "It was a sore ending in Rio and a bit of a sore ending here too. It was a bit physical out there and in wetsuits, but I'm not making any excuses. It hasn't gone the way I've wanted, with two broken ribs in one season so wasn't coming into this fully fit."

Robinson added: "It was so hard, the last 5k in particular. I think I picked up the pace at the front ut it was just so exhausting by the end. It's taken me 10 or 12 races to get inside the top 10, so it's all about experience for me."

Women's 10km Open Water

Jazz Carlin has said she is going to toughen up for future open water races after completing her first European Championships away from the pool. The 27-year-old has five European medals in the pool but was competing in only her fourth race in the marathon 10km discipline, finishing 14th overall.

She said: "It's my first international tough competition so I didn't really know what to expect. I made a few decisions that didn't pay off, so it's about learning and finding out what works best for me. "It did surprise me how physical it was, but I've just got to toughen myself up a bit really."

The race on Loch Lomond was won and controlled by Olympic Champion Sharon Van Rouwendaal (NED, 1:54:45.7), who also won the 5km event on Day 1 and also entered for the 25km and Team events.. Giulia Gabrielleschi (ITA, 1:54:53.0) stayed within touching distance of Van Rouwendaal finishing with silver 7.3 seconds back. Esmee Vermeulen (NED, 1:55:27) and Rachele Bruni (ITA, 1:55:40.6) eventually broke away from the distant chasing group to finish in third and fourth places.

The top placed Brit was Alice Dearing (1:58:39.3), who finished 12th.

Dearing said:  "I ended up placing a lot higher than I thought I would. It was fine going out but coming back on the long straight was very wavy so that made it  a lot harder. There's a lot I can learn from this - there's a lot I know I can work on now, like hard endurance and being able to keep up with the pace. I know I have the speed finishing, so I know if I can keep up with the pace I can do well."

Danielle Huskisson (1:59:37.3) finished shortly behind Carlin in 15th place.

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