NEWS
07/27/2015 11:05 EDT | Updated 07/27/2016 01:12 EDT

Canada's Richard Weinberger qualifies for Olympics in men's open water swimming

KAZAN, Russia — Canada's Richard Weinberger took a step closer to the 2016 Rio Olympics on Monday with an eighth place finish in the men's 10-kilometre open water marathon at the FINA World Championships.

The 2012 Olympic bronze medallist from Surrey, B.C., finished strong over the final kilometre to achieve his goal of a top 10 finish, earning the right to be nominated to Canada's Olympic team.

American Jordan Wilimovsky captured the gold medal with a time of one hour 49 minutes 48.2 seconds, well ahead of a photo finish for second place. Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands (1:50:00.3) earned the silver, while defending world champion Greece's Spyridon Gianniotis took bronze in 1:50:00.7.

Weinberger's time of 1:50:19.9 was good for eighth in the four-lap, 70-man race in the Kazanka River. Victoria's Eric Hedlin came 56th at 1:56:52.3.

The women's 10-kilometre race will take place on the same course Tuesday morning. Samantha Harding of Brandon, Man., and Quebec City's Jade Dusablon will be in action after finishing 18th and 22nd in the five-kilometre race Saturday. Both are competing in their first world championships.

The Canadian Press