Philippe Dubreuil top Canadian at open water world swimming championships

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SEVILLE, Spain – Russia’s Vladimir Dyatchin edged out Britain’s David Davies by 0.3 seconds to take the gold in the men’s 10 kilometre race at the open water world swimming championships on Sunday.

Dyatchin clocked one hour 53 minutes 21 seconds on the course which runs along the city’s River Guadalquivir. Germany’s Thomas Lurz took the bronze medal.

The top-10 in the race qualified for the Olympic Games while the top racer from each of the five continents not in the top-10 also gained a spot.  Luis Escobar of Mexico grabbed the bonus spot for the Americas.

Philippe Dubreuil of Sherbrooke, Que., was 28th and Jarrod Ballem of Calgary 30th.

Dubreuil said he went too wide on the turns.  “I lost time and spent too much energy on the turns,” said Dubreuil.  “It’s a strategy that I’ll need to work on.”

There will be a second chance to qualify for the Olympic Games at the end of the month at a test event in Beijing.

One of the most watched swimmers during the race was Grant Hackett of Australia, the most successful distance freestyler in history in the pool. Hackett finished 15th but was later disqualified for interference.

The world championships continue Tuesday with the men’s and women’s five kilometre races.

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