Canada's Richard Weinberger captured a silver medal in the men's 10-kilometre at an open water swimming World Cup on Saturday, assuring himself a spot at the Olympic qualifying event.
The World Cup podium performance was the second in a row for the 21-year-old from Victoria. He won Brazil last week in Santos, Brazil.
World champion Spiros Gianniotis of Greece took the gold in one hour 55 minutes 28 seconds. Weinberger was just a second behind in 1:55:29, while Yevgeny Dratsev of Russia was third in 1:55:35.
“It was a solid performance for Richard,” said Ron Jacks, Weinberger's coach. “It was a tough race as the swimmers went against the current. Richard continued to solidify his position among the best open water swimmers in the world.”
Xavier Desharnais of Sherbrooke, Que., was 15th, Aimeson King of Victoria was 17th and Philippe Guertin of Montreal finished 24th.
Eva Fabian led the U.S. to a 1-2 finish in the women's 10-kilometre race in 2:02:08, Hazel Anderson was second in 2:02:14 and Nadine Reichert of Germany was third in 2:04:21.
Zsofi Balazs of Toronto took 10th spot and also secured a spot for the Olympic qualifier set for this June in Portugal. Nadine Williams of Edmonton was 16th, Tyra Rooney of Calgary was 20th and Caitlin Nolan of LaSalle, Que., finished 22nd.
Swimming Canada will be select a team of two men and two women to race at the Olympic Marathon Qualifier.
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