Florian Wellbrock of Germany won his first World Championship title in the men’s 10km open water event at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships. In terms of Olympic qualification, the top 10 athletes all qualify a spot to the games. Open water swimming at the World Aquatics Championships is currently being held in Gwangju, South Korea from July 13th to July 19th 2019.
74 swimmers started the event which saw many lead changes and a lead pack of over a dozen swimmers going into the last leg. As the race came to a close it came down to Wellbrock and France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier in a final sprint to the finish line with Wellbrock edging Olivier out by 0.2 seconds with a final time of 1:47:55.9. The bronze medal was won by Germany’s Rob Muffels whom was right behind the other two swimmers and finished with a final time of 1:47:57.4.
Rounding out the top 10 and also winning quotas were Kristof Rasovszky (Hungary), Jordan Wilimovsky (United States), Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy), Ferry Weertman (Netherlands), Alberto Martinez (Spain), Mario Sanzullo (Italy) and David Aubrey (France).
The final opportunity for nations to qualify in men’s 10km open water will be at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier. Open water events continue at the World Aquatics Championships, but no more Olympic quotas will be given out.