The third tour stop of the FINA Marathon Swim World Series 2022 came down to a photo finish for both the men’s and women’s races in the 10km at Lac Mégantic, Canada. The race took place at Parc de l’OTJ in chilly conditions with an air temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.
The men dove in first with the race coming down between Italy’s Domenico Acerenza, Australia’s Nicholas Sloman, and Hungary’s David Betlehem with the Italian coming out on top over the Australian. The top three were separated by a little over one second.
Acerenza improves on his silver medal from the World Championships this year as his win here in Canada allows him to move up in the World Series standings that were led by teammate Gregorio Paltrinieri. Acerenza claims 800 points with his win over Sloman, who we tabbed as a potential spoiler pick over the Europeans in this race, who have dominated in this event as of late on the world stage.
Betlehem finished third overall as he is currently in third place in the standings.
The top three distanced themselves from the rest of the field on the final lap with Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky finishing fourth as he now leads the points standings after competing in all three stops thus far.
Through three of the five stops on the world series, Rasovszky leads over Paltrinieri, Betlehem, Acerenza, and Sloman.
Final Sprint Comes Down to a Photo Finish
The women’s race came down to a final sprint between Sharon Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands and Ginevra Taddeucci of Italy with Van Rouwendaal, the 10K World champ this year, touching first in another photo finish as they collided a few times on the final straightaway.
Those two had distanced themselves from reigning Olympic champ Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil, who could not match the speed in the end, touching nearly four seconds behind the two leaders in third place.
Those three have distanced themselves from everyone else in the overall World Series standings as Taddeucci is third overall with a sizable lead over teammate Barbara Pozzobon, who was eighth today in Canada behind France’s Oceane Cassignol in a photo finish.
For many of the open water swimmers, a hectic summer of racing has come to a close after many have raced in the FINA World Championships and European Championships as well as two FINA World Series stops. The next event will be October 7 - 9 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
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You can find the events results from Lac Megantic here: