Germany's Lurz wins 3rd consecutive 5k title

Jul 21, 2009 - 10:31 AM ROME(AP) -- Thomas Lurz won his third consecutive 5-kilometer title in open water swimming Tuesday at the world championships.

The German beat Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece by about a body length in the open sea course off Rome's ancient port of Ostia.

Lurz won in 56 minutes, 27.2 seconds.

Chad Ho of South Africa was third.

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