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Thursday, August 9, 2012
Expect The Unexpected - Eva Risztov Takes Marathon Gold
Eva Risztov of Hungary took control of the womens's Olympic marathon swimming 10km during the second half and powered on to a surprising gold medal.
Risztov held off Haley Anderson of the USA when Anderson made a sprint for gold at the very end. As the women entered in the finish chute, they were nearly shoulder-to-shoulder. Anderson made a slight veer towards Risztov while Risztov kept on swimming straight as Risztov took a beeline to the finish and was able to out-touch the fast-charging USC senior from California by 4 tenths of a second. "I decided to make it a very clean race," Risztov said through an interpreter. "If I am leading, they can't say I did anything. This was my tactic."
It was a tactic used for the past 5 years by pre-race favorite Keri-Anne Payne. Surprisingly, Payne was not really in the medal mix as she changed her traditional strategy of leading from the front to drafting behind. "I got hit quite a few times in the face," recalled Payne to the BBC. "We were all swimming in such close proximity. It seemed like a pretty violent race from the start."
There were 5 yellow cards given and constant whistles blown by the referees.
Under those fast, physical conditions, Payne never quite took control of the race as the two-time world champion normally does. Instead, control was left in the hands of the three-time Hungarian Olympian who retired in 2005 only to make a comeback in open water swimming in 2009.
And what a comeback that was.
GOLD Eva Risztov (HUN) 1:57:38.2
SILVER Haley Anderson (USA) 1:57:38.6
BRONZE Martina Grimaldi (ITA) 1:57:41.8
4. Keri-Anne Payne (GBR) 1:57:42.2
5. Angela Maurer (GER) 1:57:52.8
6. Ophelie Aspord (FRA) 1:58:43.1
7. Olga Beresnyeva (UKR) 1:58:44.4
8. Erika Villaecija (ESP) 1:58:49.5
9. Jana Pechanova (CZE) 1:58:52.8
10. Anna Guseva (RUS) 1:58:53.0
11. Melissa Gorman (AUS) 1:58:53.1
12. Karla Sitic (CRO) 1:58:54.7
13. Yumi Kida (JPN) 1:58:59.1
14. Yanel Pinto (VEN) 1:59:05.8
15. Natalia Charlos (POL) 1:59:05.8
16. Heidi Gan (MAS) 2:00:45.0
17. Cecilia Biagioli (ARG) 2:01:02.2
18. Zsofia Balazs (CAN) 2:01:17.8
19. Swann Oberson (SUI) 2:01:38.0
20. Wing Yung Natasha Terri Tang (HKG) 2:02:33.4
21. Lizeth Rueda Santos (MEX) 2:02:46.1
22. Marianna Lymperta (GRE) 2:04:26.5
Poliana Okimoto (BRA) DNF
Jessica Roux (RSA) DNF
Yanqiao Fang (CHN) DNS
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