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TYR Open Water Swimmer Fran Crippen Wins 10K in Argentina

Posted Feb 12 2010 9:55am
Posted by Brandon on Feb 12, 2010 |

TYR athlete Fran Crippen secured a first place finish at the second stop on the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit in Viedma, Argentina on Saturday, February 6th. Wearing TYR’s new Tracer Light Technology , Crippen finished in 1:50:57 to beat second place by a close three seconds.

The race began for Crippen with an error that threatened his chance at a spot on the podium. Misreading the current in the open water, he found himself a couple hundred of meters behind the pack at the first buoy.

“I spent the next two and a half kilometers working really hard to catch up,” shared Crippen on his tactical error. “I kept telling myself that if I caught the pack I could get right back in course.”

Crippen did just that-joining the lead group of swimmers and then settling until a breakaway seemed possible. That came with 75 meters to go.

“I was able to get myself in a good position for the final sprint and I felt really strong in the end. I took the lead and the win.”

Accepting the only medal for the USA on the men’s side, Crippen shares plans for the upcoming months.

“Right now my focus is to get into heavy training and prepare for the summer season. This was a nice accomplishment for this point in the season.”

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