HONG KONG – Olympic bronze medallist Richard Weinberger of Victoria took ninth spot in a very close men’s race this weekend at the final stop on the FINA 10 kilometre Marathon Swimming World Cup held at Repulse Bay.
Christian Reichert of Germany took the gold clocking five two kilometre loops in one hour and 56 minutes and 12.4 seconds.
Weinberger battled with the leaders up until the 8.5 kilometre mark finished 7.3 seconds back of the winner in 1:56:19.7. There were 51 entries and no other Canadians.
The 24-year-old Weinberger competed in five of the eight World Cups this season. His best result was fourth at the World Cup stop in Lac-St-Jean, Que. He was also sixth last week in China, eighth at Lac-Magog, Que., and 10th at the second stop in Mexico. He stands 11th in the overall rankings.
He was also named to the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships team but the open water race was postponed due to water quality issues. Weinberger was unable to attend the make-up race at the Junior Pan Pacs in Hawaii.
After his bronze in London 2012 and a fifth-place finish at the 2013 FINA World Championships Weinberger joined Tom Johnson, the head coach at the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Vancouver.