ROBERVAL, Qc.- Philippe Dubreuil of Sherbrooke, Qc., and Patricia Perreault of Quebec City were the top Canadians in the men’s and women’s 10 kilometre races on Thursday at the fourth of eight stops on the FINA World Cup open water swimming circuit .
In the men’s race, Mayen Aziz of Egypt won the gold medal in two hours and 04 minutes and 15.84 seconds.
Dubreuil took seventh place in 2:05:13.93 and Simon Tobin of Ste-Foy, Que., was 10th in 2:25:32.50. Ten of the 16 participants finished the race. Dubreuil led the race for the first eight kilometres.
‘’It was an exhausting decision,’’ said Dubreuil, 26. ‘’I thought the field would be trying to conserve energy as much as possible because most of them will race the 32 kilometre event here on Saturday. Still they pushed really hard.’’
In the women’s race, Beijing-bound Angela Maurer led Germany to a 1-2 finish in 2:13:57.49. Britta Kamrau-Corestein was second in 2:14:28:58 and Lucy Redgrove of Australia third in 2:15:10.65. Perreault took eighth place.
On Saturday the 54th Traversee Internationale du Lac-St-Jean will be held on the same waters.