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Brazilians Okimoto, Cunha place 1-2 in 10K race

July 23, 2013

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BARCELONA, SpainPoliana Okimoto of Brazil bounced back from a narrow loss over the weekend and won the 10-kilometer open water race at the swimming world championships Tuesday.Okimoto finished in 1 hour, 58 minutes, 19.2 seconds in the waters of Barcelona‘s harbor, edging out teammate Ana Marcela Cunha by 0.3 seconds. It’s the 30-year-old Okimoto’s first world title.

Angela Maurer of Germany was third, 1.0 behind, while two-time defending champion Keri-Anne Payne of Britain placed 14th.

In Saturday’s 5K race, Okimoto finished second, 0.02 behind American winner Haley Anderson.

Conditions in Barcelona’s harbor were ideal, with a water temperature of 78 degrees and an air temperature of 86.

The next open water race is the newly installed team event Thursday.

Results Woman’s 10km Barcelona 2013

The Associated Press

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