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Andy Watson

UVic-PCS swimmer Richard Weinberger of Surrey, B.C., won his second medal in international open-water swimming competition in a week in a 10-km race in Viedma, Argentina on Saturday.

With the silver medal performance on Saturday and a bronze medal a week earlier, Weinberger earns a spot in the Olympic qualifier race in Portugal in June.

As was the case in Brazil just a week earlier, world champion b of Greece took the gold – this time clocking a time of one hour and 55 minutes and 28 seconds. Weinberger was just one second behind in 1:55:29 and Yevgeny Dratsev of Russia finished third in 1:55:35.

”It was a solid performance for Richard,” said Ron Jacks, Weinberger’s coach. ”It was a tough race as the swimmers went against the current. Richard continued to solidify his position among the best open water swimmers in the world.”

Xavier Desharnais of Sherbrooke, Que., was 15th, and UVic-PCS product Aimeson King of Victoria 17th. Philippe Guertin of Montreal finished 24th.

The race was so tight that eight swimmers were challenging for the top spots up until the last 200 metres, with the last 75 metres coming down to Gianniotis and Weinberger.

Weinberger also won the 1600-metre sprint in Argentina, besting Chip Peterson of the U.S. and Allan Do Carmo of Brazil to win a gold medal and the $1000 cash prize. This is the first time he has won the 1600-metre sprint event.