Mellouli Wins Marathon 10K Gold|
Aug. 10, 2012
Former Trojan great Ous Mellouli of Tunisia, already with a bronze in the 1500m freestyle, won the Marathon 10K in London's Hyde Park on Friday (Aug. 10) to become the first Olympian to win indoor and open water medals in the same games.
Mellouli, a novice in open water swimming, broke free of a pack of leaders on the fifth of six laps in the 10,000-meter race to win in 1:49:55.1. The gold was the second of his career. He also won the 1500m free in 2008.
German Thomas Lurz was second in 1:49:58.5 while Canadian Richard Weinberger was third in 1:50:00.3.
"I've been struggling, with my shoulder, my elbow, I had a virus. What happened today is a miracle if you believe in miracles," Mellouli said.
"This thing just hurts. You're in pain. Once you hit a wall you just keep pushing, when you hit a wall again you keep pushing."