WAIS athlete Rhys Mainstone has defeated Olympic silver
medallist Thomas Lurz to win the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Hong
Mainstone claimed the impressive victory in 1:57.30hrs,
ahead of a world class field, touching home 15 meters in front of German great
Lurz in second and Greece’s Spyridon Gianniotis in third.
The 2012 Australian national champion admitted he felt in
good shape throughout the race.
"I arrived in Hong Kong from Perth on Friday and pulled
up pretty well from the flight,” he said post-race.
"The main thing is that I was just looking forward to
racing. This morning I felt fantastic and once I dived in the water I felt
great the whole way”.
Having paced with the race leaders for the first half of
the race, Mainstone made his move at the start of the final lap.
"With 4km to go at the feeding station, I had a really
quick feed and was able to put a 10 to 15 metre break on the field.”
Having established a lead of some 35m, Mainstone faced
some nervous moments as the chase group led by Olympic medallist Lurz appeared
to be pulling him in.
"I did back myself from 4km to go, but there was a moment
where I questioned it as I was being caught. I just focused on what I’ve been
doing in the training pool and am very happy with the end result.
The Mel Tantrum coached swimmer claimed the disappointment
of missing London, continues to motivate him towards his future goals.
"Hopefully now there is more to come.”
"I have (the Olympic race) recorded and I replay it a lot
of the time.
"It’s going to drive me further over the next four years
going into the Rio Olympics.”
Mainstone now heads to China with the last leg of the
FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup to be swum in Shantou on 13