Richard Weinberger

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Richard Weinberger winning the Pan American Games gold medal by Scott Heavey/Getty Images
Richard Weinberger winning the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim test event
Richard Weinberger
Richard Weinberger and Chip Peterson, medalists at the Pan Pacs 2010
Richard Weinberger (born 1990) is a Canadian pool and open water swimmer who was the bronze medalist in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The world-class pool and open water swimmer from Canada started swimming competitively as a child in Vernon, British Columbia and currently trains at Pacific Coast Swimming in Victoria. His hometown is Surrey, but he has also resided in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He finished second at the 2012 FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier in Setubal Bay, Portugal.

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Recent Performances

In 2009, the season highlight for Weinberger was a double gold performance at the Canada Games in Prince Edward Island. Weinberger showed his versatility taking the 800 freestyle in the pool and the 10 kilometre open water race on the Southwest River in Clinton, PEI. At the 2009 SFU Clan Cup Invitational, Richard won a silver medal in the 1500 free, losing to teammate Nicholas Sinclair who had just swam every event at the meet, and had only a three minute break after 200 fly.

At the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Roberval, Canada, Weinberger placed 13th in the 10K marathon swim. At the 2010 world championship trials in Long Beach, California, Weinberger finished fifth in the 10K marathon swim, only five seconds off the winning time posted by world championship bronze medalist Fran Crippen of the U.S. (see video below). Weinberger finished the 2009-2010 season winning bronze in the 10k at the Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine (see video below).

He participated in the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China, and finished less than a half minute from the winning time for 17th place in the men’s 10K marathon swim. He won the London 10km Marathon Swimming Invitational and the 2011 Pan American Games 10K marathon swim in Mexico and started off the 2012 FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup season by finishing third in the opening race in Santos, Brazil and winning the 10K race at the 2012 Australia Open Water Swimming Championships in Perth.

London 10km Marathon Swimming Invitational

Richard was invited to London England for the London 10km Marathon Swimming Invitational which he won. The 2011 London 10km Marathon Swimming International was an opportunity for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), coaches, FINA administrators and swimmers to check out the logistics and course layout of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in anticipation of the 2012 London Olympics. The event took place in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in central London on August 13th.

FINA Statement

The FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione said, "FINA is extremely pleased to organize, in co-operation with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Marathon Swimming Test Event, in the beautiful Hyde Park lake. I am sure that all swimmers, coaches and officials will enjoy very much this event, and will be able to collect the best possible information for an optimal organisation of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim event, next year in London. I would like to express our gratitude to the International Olympic Committee and London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and ensure FINA's full collaboration in the future, namely in the Olympic preparation of our remain aquatic disciplines: swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming."

LOCOG Statement

David Luckes, Head of Sport Competition at London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games explained, "The London 10km Marathon Swimming International will be used to test the Marathon Swimming course in Hyde Park as well as many of London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games's operations. We are delighted to be able to run such an event with a high level of international athletes and look forward to giving the public an opportunity to witness world class sport for free this weekend."

Results from London 10km Marathon Swimming Invitational

1. Richard Weinberger (CAN) - 1:50.49.8
2. Thomas Lurz (GER) - 1:51.16.0 - 26.2 seconds behind winner
3. Spyros Gianniotis (GRE) - 1:51.16.1; +26.3
4. Luca Ferretti (ITA) - 1:51.18.8; +29
5. Andreas Waschburger (GER) - 1:51.32.6; +42.8
6. Csaba Gercsak (HUN) - 1:51.43.7: +53.9
7. Alex Meyer (USA) - 1:52.19.5; 1:29.7
8. Ky Hurst (AUS) - 1:52.20.1; +1:30.3
9. Chris Bryan (IRL) - 1:52.24.5; +1:34.7
10. Yuri Kudinov (KAZ) - 1:52.29.0; +1:39.2
11. Antonis Fokaidis (GRE) - 1:53.16.1; +2:26.3
12. Zibin Zhang (CHN) - 1:53.21.1; +2:31.3
13. Julien Sauvage (FRA) - 1:57.17.5: +6:27.7
14. Arseniy Lavrentyev (POR) - 1:58.23.5; +7:33.7
15. Tin Yu Ling (HKG) - 2:07.45.8; +16:56.0
16. Marcus Yat Ho Yuen (HKG) - 2:08.17.0; +17:27.2

2012 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results

1. Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia - 1:49:55.1
2. Thomas Lurz of Germany - 1:49:58.5
3. Richard Weinberger of Canada - 1:50:00.3
4. Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece - 1:50:05.3
5. Daniel Fogg of Great Britain - 1:50:37.3
6. Sergey Bolshakov of Russia - 1:50:40.1
7. Vladimir Dyatchin of Russia - 1:50:42.8
8. Andreas Waschburger of Germany - 1:50:44.4
9. Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria - 1:50:46.2
10. Alex Meyer of the USA - 1:50:48.2
11. Julien Sauvage of France - 1:50:51.3
12. Troyden Prinsloo of South Africa - 1:50:52.9
13. Erwin Maldonado of Venezuela - 1:50:52.9
14. Igor Chervynskiy of Ukraine - 1:50:56.9
15. Yasunari Hirai of Japan - 1:51:20.1
16. Brian Ryckeman of Belgium - 1:51:27.1
17. Valerio Cleri of Italy - 1:51:29.5
18. Csaba Gercsak of Hungary - 1:51:30.9
19. Arseniy Lavrentyev of Portugal - 1:51:37.2
20. Ky Hurst of Australia - 1:51:41.3
21. Ivan Enderica Ochoa of Ecuador - 1:52:28.6
22. Yuriy Kudinov of Kazakhstan - 1:52:59.0
23. Francisco Jose Hervas of Spain - 1:53:27.8
24. Mazen Aziz Metwaly of Egypt - 1:54:33.2
25. Benjamin Schulte of Guam - 2:03:35.1

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