PR 59 - Germany’s Thomas Lurz and Angela Maurer overall winners


Lausanne (SUI), October 3, 2011 – Some heavyweights of the international open water scene were on-hand for the last stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Hong Kong (HKG) on October 2, 2011. The competition welcomed 60 athletes (40 men and 20 women) from 16 countries.

The race was largely a German-American affair, with Thomas Lurz (GER) taking out the men’s field, despite being challenged by fellow swimmer Christian Reichert and defending champion Chad Ho (RSA), the silver and bronze winners, respectively. All three touched home within seconds of one another after battling for the win: Lurz in 1h58m15s70, Reichert in 1h58m16s90 and Ho in 1h58m17s40. China’s Zhang Zi Bing missed the podium by 0.75 second.

Overall, the German great has totalled no less than 17 victories in the World Cup series: 2007 (1), 2008 (2), 2009 (9), 2010 (2) and 2011 (3).

Buoyed by her success in Shantou (CHN), Emily Brunemann (USA) was once again the best among women, crossing the finish line at 2h10m59s95. The rising talent faced pressure from Germany’s powerful Angela Maurer and Nadine Reichert, who touched home a few seconds later (2h11m02s95 and 2h11m07s80, respectively).

Germany’s Thomas Lurz (114 points) and Angela Maurer (98 points) are the overall winners of the World Cup 2011 Series.