Greek swimming legend Spiros Gianniotis won a Silver medal for Greece in the gruelling 10k open-water swimming event in Rio.
After chartering through an Olympic course that avoids Brazil’s most controversial waters, Gianniotis proved that he had the endurance required missing out on Gold by just a few milliseconds behind Dutch Ferry Weertman who swam the event in 1 hour 52 minutes and 59.8 seconds. Gianniotis came within a hair’s breadth of winning at 1:52:59.8.
Rio Olympics 10k Open-Water Swimming Men’s Result:
1. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands) 1 hour 52 minutes 59.8 seconds 2. Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece) 1:52:59.8 3. Marc-Antoine Olivier (France) 1:53:02.0 4. Zu Lijun (China) 1:53:02.0 5. Jordan Wilimovsky (U.S.) 1:53:03.2 6. Simone Ruffini (Italy) 1:53:03.5 7. Federico Vanelli (Italy) 1:53:03.9 8. Yasunari Hirai (Japan) 1:53:04.6 9. Christian Reichert (Germany) 1:53:04.7 10. Chad Ho (South Africa) 1:53:04.8 11. Evgeny Drattsev (Russia) 1:53:04.8 12. Oussama Mellouli (Tunisia) 1:53:06.1 13. Mark Papp (Hungary) 1:53:11.7 14. Ventsislav Aydarski (Bulgaria) 1:53:16.1 15. Ivan Enderica Ochoa (Ecuador) 1:53:16.2 16. Richard Weinberger (Canada) 1:53:16.4 17. Allan Do Carmo (Brazil) 1:53:16.4 18. Kane Radford (New Zealand) 1:53:18.7 19. Richard Nagy (Slovakia) 1:53:35.4 20. Jarrod Poort (Australia) 1:53:40.7 21. Erwin Maldonado Saavedra (Venezuela) 1:54:33.6 22. Marwan Elamrawy (Egypt) 1:59:17.2 . Sean Ryan (U.S.) DSQ . Vitaliy Khudyakov (Kazakhstan) DSQ . Jack Burnell (Britain) DSQ
Corfu-born half-English Gianniotis, aged 35 years, is a senior veteran of the Greek Swimming Federation who enjoys a track record of success on the international stage after having won two FINA World Championships in the 10km marathon swim while also being a strong contender in every international competition he has participated in. Having participated in the Olympics for 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2016, he was armed with extra motivation in what was his final opportunity to win an Olympic medal.
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