Canadians qualify for open water worlds

Richard Weinberger of Victoria, Simon Tobin of Ste-Foy, Que., Zsofia Balazs of Toronto and Nadine Williams of Edmonton qualified at team trials Friday in Long Beach, Calif., for the world championship open water swimming race.

Canada's team spots for the 10-kilometre races at the upcoming world open water swimming championships are set.

Richard Weinberger of Victoria, Simon Tobin of Ste-Foy, Que., Zsofia Balazs of Toronto and Nadine Williams of Edmonton qualified at team trials Friday in Long Beach, Calif., for the open water swimming race.

In the men's 10-km race, world championship bronze medallist Fran Crippen led American swimmers to a medal sweep clocking one hour 57 minutes 14.728 seconds. Charles Peterson was second in 1:57:15.457 and Andrew Gemmell third in 1:57:15.840.

The race was also a world team trial for the Americans as well as their national championships.

Weinberger took fifth spot in 1:57:19.467 and Tobin was ninth in 1:58:25.729.

The top two Canadians in both the men's and women's races earned a berth on the Canadian team for the world open water swimming championships set for Roberval, Que., July 17-23.