Olympic gold medallist Ferry Weertman nipped defending champion Jordan Wilimovsky by one tenth of a second for men's 10km title at the 17th FINA World Championships.
Ferry Weertman clinched gold in men’s open water 10km at the 17th World Championships. The Dutch swimmer is the first one to become world champion after claiming Olympic champion title in this course. Weertman finished first in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, a year earlier he had clinched silver at the Kazan World Championships behind American Jordan Wilimovsky, now finishing as the runner up.
Weertman and Wilimovsky became the third and fourth to claim at least one gold and one silver medal at the World Championships in 10 km, after Russian Vladimir Dyatchin and Thomas Lurz of Germany.
Marc-Antoine Olivier claimed bronze and became the first Frenchman with multiple World Championships medals in open water swimming. Three-time medallist Aurélie Muller of France is the only lady of such achievements. It was Olivier's first top-3 finish in 10km at the World Championships and he became the first Frenchman to claim a medal in this event at the World Championships.