Courtesy of Colin Hill, Qiandao Lake, Chun’an, China.

Under humid, warm water (29°C) conditions, local favorite Xin Xin won the 2018 FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series 10 km race in Qiandao Lake, Chun’an today.

Her time of 2:06.22.6 was faster than second-place Leonie Beck of Germany (2:06.23.4) and two well-established FINA superstars: Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil in third in 2:06.23.5 and 2016 Rio Olympic gold medalist Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands in fourth in 2:06.24.9.

I was excited to win the race because most of the best open water swimmers competed in this leg. I wanted to gain more experience from the strong rivals and competition,“, said Xin who won her second straight FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race after her lac Mégantic (Canada) victory in August.

Van Rouwendaal knows what is coming in less than two years, “The water should be warmer than this in the coming Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, so it is good to get used to it. It was a good race and made me more tired. The level of open water is developing now with many more strong swimmers.”

A total of 75 swimmers from 14 countries competed in the seventh leg of the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series while five swimmers withdrew mid-way in the race. The eighth and last leg of the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series will be held in Abu Dhabi on November 9th.

Full race results to follow this coming week.

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