U.S. swimmers win 10km open water
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Americans Chip Peterson and Christine Jennings have won the 10-kilometer open water races at the Pan Pacific championships.
Peterson won the men's race in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 2 seconds Sunday at Marine Stadium, home of the 1932 Olympic rowing competition.
Richard Weinberger of Canada led with two kilometers to go, with Peterson and teammate Fran Crippen in close pursuit. Peterson broke out first and out-touched Crippen and Weinberger at the finish.
Crippen took the silver in 1:56:02.74, while Weinberger earned the bronze in 1:56:02.98.
"I know the Americans the best and they were all behind me so I was thinking if I can get in the lead here and break away a little bit and make some of those guys work that it would benefit me in the end," Peterson said.
Jennings won the women's race in 2:00:33.83. Teammate Eva Fabian was second in 2:00:35.76.
Melissa Gorman of Australia earned the bronze after Americans Emily Bruneman and Haley Anderson finished third and fourth. Pan Pacific rules prohibit a country from having more than two swimmers on the podium.
"It means a lot," Jennings said. "I'm just really excited. I had so many people behind me totally backing me up."
American Chloe Sutton, who also swam in the Pan Pac pool events, was disqualified more than an hour into the race after receiving her second yellow card, resulting in a red card and the disqualification. The referees ruled that the infraction was the same each time and said that Sutton pulled on a turn buoy.
"It's not a big deal," she said. "I already got a gold and a silver medal this week and this race was just for fun."
The United States closed out the five-day meet with a leading 51 medals, including 27 gold.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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