Cape Town - In
a controversial women's 10, 000 metre race, Dutch swimmer Sharon van
Rouwendaal cruised to gold while South Africa's Michelle Weber was well
off the pace as she finished way back in 18th place.
Van Rouwendaal was quite magnificent as she stormed clear of the
field to win the endurance contest by a staggering 19 second margin. She
completed the race in 1:56:32.
France's Aurélie Muller was thought to have claimed silver however
judges took the decision to disqualify her after it was ruled that she
obstructed Rachele Bruni in the final sprint.
Consequently, Bruni finished second and Brazil's Poliana Okimoto was bumped up into the bronze medal position.
If the result holds, it will be Brazil’s first medal in swimming at
these Olympics after the host nation went zero-for-everything in the
South Africa's Weber was never really in contention for a medal. Her
finishing time of 1:59:05 was only good enough for 18th position. There
were 26 competitors who started the race.