Chip Peterson followed his FINA World Cup win at Setúbal with another victory on Sunday, taking gold in the men’s 10km open water race at the Pan American Games in Toronto.
Peterson broke away from the rest of the lead pack at the final turn to finish in 1:54:03.
Second place went to Peterson’s teammate David Heron in 1:54:07. Ecuador’s Esteban Enderica Salgado took bronze in 1:54:09.2. Early leader Richard Weinberger of Canada finished fourth in 1:54.09.3.
“It was a very, very steady race. It was strong through the first five laps, and I wanted to be able to move on that last lap,” Peterson said. “I had Richard right on my feet coming around the last turn. I saw him there and knew that it could come down to a tight finish over the last 200 metres.”
Peterson’s sprint finish saw him gain a body-length over Weinberger. Teammate Heron also managed to out-sprint Weinberger at the end, despite an equipment malfunction: “I couldn’t see the last 500 because my goggles got knocked off, so I was a little worried but it worked fine.”
“I felt like there was a little bit of pressure coming in, and I’m really, really pleased with that result,” said Peterson.