Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece wins gold medal at swimming world championships PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 10:34

Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece defended his title in the hard 10-kilometre swimming world championships Monday, surging ahead on the final lap to avoid a sprint with Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia.

Gianniotis clocked 1 hour, 49 minutes, 11.8 seconds in the waters of Barcelona’s harbour.

Five-time world champion Thomas Lurz of Germany finished second, 2.7 seconds behind, and Mellouli was third, 7.4 back.

“I wasn’t feeling so good but I picked it up and got in the first places the last lap and I said to myself, ‘That’s it, go in front and whatever happens happens,’” Gianniotis said. “I’m quite good on sprinting but not like Oussama. … I knew that if it goes to the end, even if he’s more tired than me he’s got more speed than me, so I tried to stay in front.”

“I pushed a bit in the last 300 metres to make a bit of a (gap) in case he came really hard,” Gianniotis added. “The last 50 metres I’ve never felt so bad in my life. I was nearly fainting. … My hands were (shaking).

“My heart was pumping so hard I couldn’t keep up with my blood,” Gianniotis added. “I just put my head down and swam hard.”