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Sharon van Rouwendaal wins Open Water title in Loch Lomond

Van Rouwendaal wins Open Water title in Loch Lomond
By Eurosport

08/08/2018 at 11:47Updated 08/08/2018 at 14:08

Dutch Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal won the first Open Water swimming title at the European Championships on Wednesday, leading from the start in Loch Lomond to take the 5km gold.

Van Rouwendaal, who won her 2016 Olympic gold over 10km, covered the shorter course in 56 minutes and 01.0 seconds to finish 16.8 seconds clear of Germany's Leonie Beck (56:17.8) while Italy's Rachele Bruni won bronze in 56:49.7.