Another day, another bronze for Canada as Richard Weinberger has captured a medal in the 10,000m marathon swim with a time of 1:50:00.3.
Weinberger came into this Olympics games as an under the radar medal favourite. I say under the radar because the consensus seems to be that not many casual Olympic fans were aware of his presence in the race. I say medal favourite because he’s actually established quite a résumé in the event.
He entered the marathon race as the reigning gold medalist from both the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2011 London Test Event. Yet, not a ton of hype, which seems odd. At any rate, Weinberger came through against a packed field and leaves London with a bronze medal.
A solid accomplishment despite the testing when you consider that Canada’s representation in this event has been sparse historically. Canada didn’t send a single marathon swimmer to Beijing 2008, when it debuted at the Olympics.
Now, with bronze medal in tow, Weinberger can presumably return to his education at the University of Victoria, which he put on hold to train for the games. If the ‘I’m an Olympic medalist’ pick up line doesn’t work for him at student bars, I don’t know what will.
To the folks who will complain that they’re tired of bronze medals: It’s called ‘Own the Podium’ — nobody specified which step.