Swimming: Olympic 10km champ Mellouli wins 5km race at world championships
BARCELONA (AP) - Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia won the 5km open water race at the world swimming championships on Saturday with an impressive finishing kick.
Mellouli, who won the 10km at last year's London Games, sprinted past his rivals as soon as he got within the ropes outlining the finish area. He clocked 53min 30.4sec.
Eric Hedlin of Canada took silver, 1.2sec behind, and five-time world champion Thomas Lurz of Germany finished third, 1.8sec back.
Earlier, American swimmer Haley Anderson won the women's 5km race Saturday to take the first gold of the swimming world championships.