Swimming World Championship: Leonie Beck wins bronze over 5 kilometers of open water swimming
Open water swimmer Leonie Beck has won the bronze medal over five kilometers at the World Championships in South Korea. The 22-year-old was beaten only by Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil and French Aurélie Muller. The Würzburg-based Beck shares third place after the nearly one-hour race with the American Hannah Moore: both came in 57: 58.0 minutes.
"I struck with my fingertips, so I was not at all sure," said the 22-year-old Beck, who had won at the European Championships last year each silver over five kilometers and in the season. After the attack, she was first displayed second, then she disappeared on the scoreboard briefly from the medal ranks.
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From the left: Ana Marcela Cunha, Aurelie Muller, Leonie Beck and Hannah Moore
For the German open water swimmers the title fights in Yeosu are already a success story. With three medals already, the team of national coach Stefan Lurz has brought as much precious metal as the entire team of the German Swimming Association (DSV) at the World Cup two years ago. On Tuesday, Florian Wellbrock had won the first world title for the DSV since 2015 over ten kilometers. His Magdeburg team-mate Rob Muffels took bronze.
The DSV-Zwischenbilanz with once gold and two bronze after four races in Yeosu was "the absolute hammer," said Beck now. "The German swimmers have returned to the top of the world".
In the race over ten kilometers, Magdeburg's Finnia Wunram had already booked her ticket for the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo as eighth and Beck as ninth, with Wellbrock and Muffels also among the men.
The results of the women's 5-kilometer open water race:
- Gold: Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 57: 56.0 minutes
- Silver: Aurelie Muller (France) 1.0 seconds back
- Bronze: Leonie Beck (Würzburg) and Hannah Moore (USA) 2.0
- 5. Rachele Bruni (Italy) 2.7
- 6. Giulia Gabrielleschi (Italy) 3.0
- 7. Ashley Twichell (USA) 4.0
- 8. Hou Yawen (China) 4.9
- 9. Lara Grangeon (France) 5.5
- 10. Maria Bramont-Arias (Peru) 13.1
- 15. Finnia Wunram (Magdeburg) 16.0