The Dutch team knew Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands was ooooohhhhhhhh soooooo close to a medal. He finished sixth in the world’s 10 km championships, only 1.1 seconds behind bronze medalist and Olympic champion Ous Mellouli.
His coach, Christiaan Sloof, was proud of his young athlete over the 1 hour 49 minute race. “Ferry stuck to the plan that we made. He started easy and did not spend too much energy. The original plan was that at the end of the third loop [out of four loops], he would move towards the front, like around in the tenth position.
He thought the race was rough due to the many turns and the crowded pack. But he understands this is the nature of open water swimming. He wanted to be in the wake of Mellouli by the final loop, so that was good. But then he and Allan Do Carmo were thinking of the same thing, swimming in his water. That caused a gap [with the leaders]. When he finally separated from do Carmo, it was too late in the race and sixth was his best possible finish.
But for his first world championship experience, it was very satisfying, especially for a young man to finish in the top 10. It is a confirmation that we are on the right path together with his other coach Marcel Wouda.
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