By USA Swimming | Saturday, July 15, 2017
Men’s Open Water 5K – Final (Lake Balaton, Hungary)
Results – Full Results
Gold: Marc-Antoine Olivier (FRA), 54:31.40
Silver: Mario Sanzullo (ITA), 54:32.10
Bronze: Timothy Shuttleworth (GBR), 54:42.10
10. David Heron (Mission Viejo, Calif./University of Tennessee), 54:48.20
17. Andrew Gemmell (Wilmington, Del./Nation’s Capital Swim Club), 54:59.30
• Heron rallied from 34th place – 20 seconds off the pace – at the midway point of the race to earn a top-10 finish. He touched just over 6 seconds off the podium.
• Olivier and Sanzullo pulled away from the pack over the final 1,000 meters and entered the finish chute 10 seconds clear of the field.
David Heron: (on how the race played out): “When we dove in, that first straightaway was a lot faster than I thought it would be. It was pretty rough going around that first turn … After that first lap I was pretty far behind so I knew I had to catch up on the second one. I did a pretty good job to get back up there.”
Heron: (on how he made a move on the second lap): “I know I’m good at finishing a race. I knew it was just 2.5K, so I just got on the side of everyone so I wasn’t in the mix with the group and just told myself ‘let’s see how many people I can pass and catch back up there.’”
Sunday, July 16: Women’s 10K