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PR 60 - Cunha (BRA) and Mainstone (AUS) prevail in Hong Kong race

Lausanne (SUI), October 8, 2012 – Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha reinforced her lead in the women’s field by winning the seventh leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Hong Kong on October 7. The 2010 World Cup winner took 2h11m48s30 to complete the race, collecting her third victory and sixth podium finish in this year’s series.

Cunha timed her winning touch perfectly, with a safe 2-second lead, ahead of New Zealand’s rising talent Cara Baker and powerful Angela Maurer from Germany, both clocking 2h11m50s10 for second place.

Among men, it was a hard-fought race with Australia’s Rhys Mainstone touching first in 1h57m36.20. He was closely followed by Thomas Lurz (GER, 1h57m43s45) and Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE, 1h57m45s05), the reigning World champion in the distance and current leader in the general standings.

A total 55 swimmers from 12 countries took the departure at Hong Kong’s Repulse Bay.