Fogg collects open water World Cup gold in Mexico

14 April 2013 / 15:16

London Olympian Daniel Fogg was left to toast the best open water result of his career as he claimed gold at the fourth leg of the 10km Marathon World Cup in Mexico.

Fogg finished fifth in the 10km open water event at London 2012, as well as eighth in the 1500m freestyle at the London Aquatics Centre.

But in Mexico the 25-year-old led from the off and eventually came home in first place in 1:56:38.10 hours, ahead of Germany's Olympic silver medallist Thomas Lurz (1:56:40.20) and Italy's Simone Ruffini (1:56:40.40).

Tom Allen and Tom Sunter also put in competitive performances amongst a world class field of 65 swimmers, finishing 11th (1:56:54.80) and 28th (1:59:41.50) respectively.

Meanwhile, 16-year old Lucinda Campbell showed promise in the women's event, heading out with the pack before ultimately finishing 34th out of 50 in 2:17:53.40.

Berni Dietzig, interim head of open water, said: "The boys have done a great job to achieve this result and the race was very challenging.

"The currents were extremely strong and consequently only those swimmers with the best lines and tactics had a chance of finishing in the top places.

"Due to clever tactical manoeuvres, Dan managed to swim at the front of the pack and escaped the mayhem 65 swimmers create when trying to get around a buoy at the same time.

"He was continuously challenged for the lead by some of the world's best open water swimmers over the last 2km, but he displayed his strength and determination and defended his position into the finish."

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