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Golden Mellouli savours historic feat
Oussama Mellouli has added the 10 kilometre open water title to the bronze he won in the 1,500 metres freestyle last week as the swimming programme concluded at the London Olympics.
Apart from the second lap from which he emerged in sixth, the 28-year-old was never out of the top three.
The Tunisian came out of the fifth and penultimate lap heading the field, a place he never relinquished to finish in one hour 49 minutes 55.1 seconds. The fast-finishing pair of Thomas Lurz of Germany and Canada's Richard Weinberger were 3.4secs and 5.2secs behind respectively.
Reigning Olympic synchronised swimming champions Russia held onto their title, winning gold in the team event. The squad won out with a combined score of 197.030 for their technical and free routines, both set to music by Denis Garnizov.
Russia have dominated synchronised swimming in recent years, having won every World Championships since 1998 and taking gold in Beijing.
China were beaten into second place, with a combined score of 194.010, while Spain clinched bronze with 193.12. Team GB, who competed in the team synchronised swimming for the first time at an Olympic Games, came in sixth place, in line with the target set by coach Biz Price.
Colombia's Mariana Pajon won the gold medal in the women's BMX while Latvia's Maris Strombergs won the gold medal in the men's BMX.
Russia's Dzhamal Otarsultanov won gold in the men's -55kg freestyle wrestling, while Jordan Burroughs of the United States took the gold in the -74kg category.