Germany’s Florian Wellbrock added a gold medal in marathon swimming to his bronze medal on the pool, romping to a dominant win within the males’s 10-kilometer race at Tokyo Bay on Thursday.
Wellbrock sprinted out to an early lead and was up entrance many of the approach on one other sweltering morning in Japan’s capital metropolis.
Even with the race beginning at 6:30 a.m. native time, the temperature was already 81 levels (27.2 Celsius) with 80 p.c humidity, making it really feel like near 90 levels. Not like the women’s race yesterday, there have been no clouds to mitigate the warmth.
The stifling circumstances apparently received to France’s David Aubry, who dropped out of the race with about 3 kilometers remaining and was carried off the deck on a stretcher. There was no rapid phrase on his situation.
Britain’s Hector Pardoe additionally failed to complete.
The 23-year-old Wellbrock pulled away on the ultimate lap to win by a dominating 25.3 seconds, ending in 1 hour, 48 minutes, 33.7 seconds. It was by far the biggest margin of victory within the historical past of Olympic marathon swimming, which was added to this system on the 2008 Beijing Video games.
Wellbrock additionally gained a bronze within the 1,500-meter freestyle on the final day of swimming on the pool.
The silver went to Hungary’s Kristof Rasovsky in 1:48.59.0, whereas Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri picked up the bronze in 1:49.01.1. The Italian was silver medalist within the 800 freestyle on the pool.
Defending Olympic marathon champion Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands completed seventh, whereas American Jordan Wilimovsky was tenth.
After making the ultimate flip round a pink buoy on the far finish of the course, Wellbrock blew away the sector. His coaches had been already cheering and celebrating on the deck lengthy earlier than he entered the ending lane.
After his dominating victory, Wellbrock climbed from the water and sprawled out on the deck, pouring water on his chest beneath the blazing solar.
It was a far cry from the 2016 race at Rio de Janeiro, the place Weertman beat Greece’s Spyridon Gianniotis by simply 0.7 seconds in a photograph end. The highest 19 in that occasion all completed nearer to the lead than Rasovsky’s margin behind Wellbrock.
In three earlier males’s marathon races, the biggest margin of victory was 3.4 seconds by Ous Mellouli at London in 2012.
Mellouli, competing in his fifth Olympics at age 37, completed twentieth out of 24 swimmers who accomplished the race. He was almost 8 minutes behind Wellbrock.