| Event type

10 kilometres Open Water, Women

Date20 August 2008 — 9:00
LocationShunyi Aolinpike Shuishang Gongyuan, Mapo, Shunyi (Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park)
Participants25 from 23 countries
FormatFinal only.

More than any other event on the women’s programme, the open water swim had a clear gold medal favourite. Lara Ilchenko of Russia had won five successive world titles at 5 km and the last three over 10 km. The pattern of the race emerged at an early stage with the British pair of Cassie Patten and Keri-Anne Payne moving to the front of the pack and forcing the pace. The tactic worked to the point that only two others were able to follow. Ilchenko stayed on the shoulders of the leaders before unleashing her sprint with 110 metres to go. She sped clear to finish ahead of Payne with Patten edging Angela Maurer of Germany for the bronze medal. Natalie du Toit of South Africa finished in 16th position. Du Toit had represented her nation at the age of 14 but lost a leg in a motorcycle accident in 2001. She came to world attention by winning five titles at the 2004 Paralympic Games then in 2008 qualified for the Olympic Games by placing 4th at the World Championships.

1Lara IlchenkoRUS1-59:27.7Gold
2Keri-Anne PayneGBR1-59:29.2Silver
3Cassie PattenGBR1-59:31.0Bronze
4Angela MaurerGER1-59:31.9
5Ana Marcela CunhaBRA1-59:36.8
6Swann ObersonSUI1-59:36.9
7Poliana OkimotoBRA1-59:37.4
8Jana PechanováCZE1-59:39.7
9Andreína PintoVEN1-59:40.0
10Martina GrimaldiITA1-59:40.7
11Marianna LympertaGRE1-59:42.3
12Teja ZupanSLO1-59:43.7
13Yurema RequenaESP1-59:46.9
14Edith van DijkNED2-00:02.8
15Melissa GormanAUS2-00:33.6
16Natalie du ToitRSA2-00:49.9
17Daniela InácioPOR2-00:59.0
18Eva BerglundSWE2-01:05.0
19Fang YanqiaoCHN2-01:07.9
20Imelda MartínezMEX2-01:07.9
21Aurélie MullerFRA2-02:04.1
22Chloe SuttonUSA2-02:13.6
23Nataliya SamorodinaUKR2-10:41.6
24Antonella BogarínARG2-11:35.9
DNFKristel KöbrichCHI