Weinberger Earns 6th Medal for UVic Athletes

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

University of Victoria Vikes swimmer Richard Weinberger (Surrey, B.C.) took the 2011-12 varsity season off with one thing on his mind – a medal in London. The 22-year-old open-water swimmer did just that, earning a bronze, Canada’s 17th medal of the games, in the men’s 10-km marathon swim, held at Hyde Park.

Weinberger finished in one hour, 50 minutes and 0.30 seconds behind gold-medal winner Oussama Mellouli (1:49:55.10) of Tunisia. Mellouli also took home the bronze in the men’s 1500-m freestyle in the pool, just 0.68 seconds behind Vikes silver medallist Ryan Cochrane (Victoria).

Germany’s Thomas Lurz picked up the silver medal in 1:49:58.50, while reigning world championSpyridon Gianniotis, of Greece, took fourth in 1:50:05.30.

The 10-km swim was introduced into the Olympics in 2008 and Weinberger becomes the first Canadian to win a medal in the open-water event. Ron Jacks, Weinberger’s coach and former Olympian, was also the coach of one of the world’s best open-water swimmers at the time, Greg Streppel.

london 2012With the bronze medal, Weinberger becomes the sixth athlete of the nine former or current Vikes participating in London to bring home a medal for Canada. Victoria’s Cochrane in the men’s 1500-m freestyle, men’s eight rowers Doug Csima and Gabe Bergen, as well as women’s eight rowers Darcy Marquardt and Rachelle Viinberg all earned silver medals at the London games.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.