Ferry Weertman won the Open Water World Cup on Friday. He was seventh at the last match in Abu Dhabi and that was enough to stay ahead of his British challenger Jack Burnell in the final.
"I already have the Olympic title, world title and European titles, and only the World Series is still missing and now it's done," Weertman said after the race in the United Arab Emirates.
The World Cup consisted of eight races, and previously it was swimming in Qatar, Seychelles, Portugal, Hungary, Canada (twice) and China. "It has been a very nice experience to come to so many beautiful places," says Weertman.
26-year-old Weertman achieved the greatest success of his career in 2016 when he took the Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro. "Now it's training, training and training again to qualify for the Olympics 2020 in Tokyo."
The world championship was won by German Florian Wellbrock. He finished ten kilometers at 15.00. Weertman stopped nine seconds after the end. Marcel Schouten became 23rd in the fifteenth and Pepijn Smits.
Van Rouwendaal is the third in the final rank of women
The Dutch women did not play a significant role in the last round of the World Cup. Esmee Vermeulen and Sharon Rouwendaal became fourth and sixth.
The match was won by the Italian Arianna Bridi who finished ten kilometers at 2.00-21. She was touching just before her compatriot Rachele Cunha. Van Rouwendaal finished third in the final.