Jack Burnell landed the first FINA 10km Open Water World Cup title of his career to all but secure his spot on the GB team for this summer’s World Championships in Kazan.
The Loughborough swimmer has been GB’s hottest property in open water this season, finishing a narrow second on the last leg of the World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
But there was no stopping Burnell at this weekend’s race in Cozumel, Mexico as the 21-year old powered home in 1:42:06.00 to finish four seconds clear of Ecuador’s Esteban Enderica Salgado in second.
Burnell’s Loughborough teammate Daniel Fogg (1:42.15.01) was the next best Brit in seventh while Caleb Hughes (1:42.29.00) was 19th and Thomas Allen (1:42.36.00) 23rd.
Two-time world champion Keri-anne Payne was the top British female finisher, crossing 19th in 1:48.52.00 while Alice Dearing (1:52.59.01) was 35th and Danielle Huskisson (1:54.13.00) 40th.