Tunisia's Mellouli wins men's 10km swimming marathon

  • Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli prepares for the men's 10km marathon swimming at Hyde Park during the London Olympic Games August 10, 2012. (REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)

  • Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli during the men's 10km open water swimming marathon at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hyde Park in London. (AFP PHOTO/MARTIN BERNETTI)

  • Oussama Mellouli on the podium of the men's 1500m freestyle final during the swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. (AFP PHOTO/MARTIN BUREAU)

LONDON: Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli held off a late surge from his rivals to win the men's 10km swimming marathon Friday and become the first person to hold Olympic titles in both pool and open water races.

A gold medallist in the 1500m freestyle in Beijing in 2008, Mellouli broke clear at the start of the last lap and clung on in the final stages to hold off Germany's Thomas Lurz and Richard Weinberger of Canada,

Mellouli, who also came third in the 1500m freestyle on Sunday, finished 3.4sec ahead of Lurz in a superb time of 1hr 49min 55.1sec at a sun-soaked Hyde Park.

It represented yet another milestone for the pioneering 28-year-old, who became the first African man to win an Olympic gold swimming medal when he topped the podium in Beijing.





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