Meca's double success

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Battling rough seas and a torrential downpour, Spain's David Meca and Dutchwoman Edith van Dyk have won their respective 10-kilometre events at the first Fina world open-water championships in Honolulu.

Battling rough seas and a torrential downpour, Spain's David Meca and Dutchwoman Edith van Dyk have won their respective 10-kilometre events at the first Fina world open-water championships in Honolulu.

Meca had already captured the silver medal in the men's 5km on Tuesday.

Germany won the gold in the three-person 10km team competition, just ahead of Russia and the United States, with a mere 36sec separating the top three teams.

The men's race was tightly contested until the final 200m when Meca pulled away to win in 1hr 57min 10.50sec, less than 4sec ahead of Bulgaria's Petar Stoychev.

Evgueni Bezroutchenko, of Russia, who won Tuesday's 5km, finished third.

Holland's Van Dyk had an easier time in winning the women's race, finishing in 2:06:44.44, almost a minute ahead of Italy's Melissa Pasquali. Peggy Buchse of Germany took the bronze medal.

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