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Spyridon Gianniotis retains 10K title

7/22/2013

BARCELONA, Spain -- Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece defended his title in the grueling 10-kilometer open water event at the swimming world championships Monday.

Gianniotis finished in 1 hour, 49 minutes, 11.8 seconds in the waters of Barcelona's harbor.

Thomas Lurz of Germany was second, 2.7 seconds behind, and Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia was third, 7.4 back.

The women's 10K is scheduled for Tuesday.