‘King Ferry’ delivers Dutch another late, late gold

Ferry Weertman was hailed as the “king of the open water” after once again delivering one of his celebrated last-gasp shows in Loch Lomond to deliver gold for the Netherlands in the 5km mixed team event at the European Championships.

Olympic champion Weertman, a fractional winner of the 10km title, went stroke for stroke with Germany’s Florian Wellbrock, the 1,500m winner in the swimming programme, on a thrilling last 1.25km leg.

The German may be the quicker swimmer but found the rough and tumble of open water combat in a chilly loch very different to the civilised world of the indoor pool as Weertman, too strong and streetwise, beat him to the finish board touch by 0.6 seconds.

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