Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Dutch athletes were firing on all cylinders at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, winning gold medals and singing through national anthem with great pride. The Dutch were a force to be reckoned with at the recent World Cup in Brazil. For such a small country, the Netherlands has always produced all kinds of outstanding world-class athletes in various sports.

Ferry Weertman is certainly living up to those lofty Dutch standards. As he started to tear it up on the FINA professional swimming circuit earlier this year, his summer season culminated in 2 gold medals at the 2014 European Championships this week. Two days ago, he won his first European gold medal in a tough-fought 10 km race over Thomas Lurz of Germany and Evgenii Drattcev of Russia.

His second gold came in today’s 5 km team pursuit event together with the women’s 10 km champion Sharon van Rouwendaal and teammate Marcel Schouten. The Dutch trio beat the always competitive Greek team pursuit team of Kalliopi Araouzou, Antonios Fokaidis und Spyridon Gianniotis and the third place German team of Isabelle Härle, Rob Muffels and Thomas Lurz.



5 km Team Pursuit Results (2-loop course with splits below):

1. Netherlands: 27:59.9 + 27:47.9 = 55:47.8
2. Greece: 28:01.8 + 28:03.7 = 56:05.5
3. Germany: 28:03.3 + 28:11.5 = 56:14.8
4. Hungary: 28:17.5 + 27:58.5 = 56:16.0
5. Italy: 28:16.2 + 28:04.7 = 56:20.9
6. France: 28:26.9 + 28:12.9 = 56:39.8
7. Great Britain: 29:21.2 + 28:45.3 = 58:06.5
8. Russia: 29:34.5 + 29:32.6 = 59:07.1
9. Poland: 29:35.4 + 29:47.8 = 59:23.2

Men’s 10 km Marathon Swim Results:

1. Ferry Weertman (NED) 1:49:56.2
2. Thomas Lurz (GER) 1:49:59.0
3. Evgenii Drattcev (RUS) 1:50:00.6
4. Federico Vanelli (ITA) 1:50:02.3
5. Matteo Furland (ITA) 1:50:03.8
6. Jack Burnell (GBR) 1:50:04.1
7. Kirill Abrosimov (RUS) 1:50:05.1
8. Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE) 1:50:05.1
9. Axel Reymond (FRA) 1:50:07.6
10. Gergely Gyurta (HUN) 1:50:08.0
11. Christian Reichert (GER) 1:50:09.4
12. Antonios Fokaidis (GRE) 1:50:10.1
13. Romain Beraud (FRA) 1:50:11.6
14. Thomas Allen (GBR) 1:50:12.5
15. Simone Ruffini (ITA) 1:50:12.8
16. Christopher Bryan (IRL) 1:50:13.4
17. Mark Papp (HUN) 1:50:14.3
18. Marcel Schouten (NED) 1:50:14.6
19. Igor Chervynskiy (UKR) 1:50:14.6
20. Andreas Waschburger (GER) 1:50:39.9
21. Igor Snitko (UKR) 1:50:40.1
22. Ventsislav Aydarski (BUL) 1:50:44.9
23. Mateusz Sawrymowicz (POL) 1:50:45.9
24. Caleb Hughes (GBR) 1:50:56.7
25. Volodymyr Voronko (UKR) 1:51:55.9
26. Patrik Rakos (HUN) 1:52:01.2
27. Matthias Schweizer (AUT) 1:52:02.5
28. Damien Cattin-Vidal (FRA) 1:52:12.1
29. Daniil Serebrennikov (RUS) 1:52:12.3
30. Shahar Resman (ISR) 1:52:16.0
31. Jan Urbaniak (POL) 1:53:25.0
32. Vasco Gaspar (POR) 1:53:32.7
33. Yuval Safra (ISR) 1:53:51.8
34. Karel Baloun (CZE) 1:53:57.8
1 35. Vit Ingeduld (CZE) 1:58:32.8
36. Georgios Arniakos (GRE) 1:58:59.1
37. Antonio Arroyo Perez (ESP) 2:02:59.7
DNF Thomas Liess (SUI)
DNF Jan Kutnik (CZE)

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