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Swimming Worlds: after the 10 km, the Dutch Van Rouwendaal wins the 5 km

Four days after winning the 10 km, Dutchwoman Sharon Van Rouwendaal was crowned world champion in the 5 km open water on Wednesday at the Doha World Championships.

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Swimming Worlds: after the 10 km, the Dutch Van Rouwendaal wins the 5 km

Four days after winning the 10 km, Dutchwoman Sharon Van Rouwendaal was crowned world champion in the 5 km open water on Wednesday at the Doha World Championships.

The 30-year-old swimmer produced an unstoppable acceleration in the final meters to win in 57 min 33 sec 9/10, ahead of Australian Chelsea Gubecka (57:35.0) and Brazilian Ana Marcela Cunha (57:36.8). The race therefore produced a high-level podium with the 2016 Olympic champion (Van Rouwendaal), the reigning world vice-champion in the 10 km (Gubecka) and the Tokyo Olympic champion (Cunha).

On the French side, Océane Cassignol finished in fifth position, ahead of Caroline Jouisse, eighth. “Annoyed” to fail a few seconds from the podium, Cassignol, 10th in the 10 km on Saturday, explained that she had chosen a bad position at the end of the race. “It cost me the medal. It's a shame. I'm still happy with this 5 km, it proves that I'm in good shape, and tomorrow (Thursday), we have a very good relay to play. The two French women have already secured their place at the Olympic Games in the 10 km, the only event which appears on the Olympic program.

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