Four days after winning the bronze medal in the 1,500 meters at the Tokyo Aquatic Center, German Florian Wellbrock was the fastest in the 10 kilometers in open water on Wednesday disputed in the bay of Odaiba, after covering the distance in 1h48: 33.7, 4: 36.1 faster than Ecuadorian David Farinango, who was 15th.
The silver medal went to the Hungarian Kristof Rasovszky, with 1h48: 59.0, and the bronze for the Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri, with 1h49: 01.1.
Ecuadorian David Farinango occupied the fifteenth place, at 4: 36.1 of the winner, the seventeenth the Mexican Daniel Delgadillo, at 4: 40.7, and the eighteenth the Spanish Alberto Martínez, at 4: 42.7.
Wellbrock’s triumph marks several milestones in long-distance swimming.
He is the second athlete in history to win medals in the pool and in the open water at the same Games; The first was the Tunisian Oussama Mellouli, with the same results as the German: bronze in 1,500 and gold in the marathon, but in the London 2012 Games.
Briton Dadid Davies also achieved double podium but in different Games: bronze in 1,500 in Athens 2004 and silver in open water in Beijing 2008.
Wellbrock, 23, is also the first swimmer to prevail in the Olympic 10 kilometers as a world champion in exercise.
To the winner of the gold in this distance in the Rio Games, the Dutch Ferry Weertman, the waters of Odaiba Bay were not as good as those of Copacabana beach and finished in seventh position.