Keri-anne Payne continued her recent form to land gold in the 10th and final leg of the FINA 10km Marathon World Cup series in Hong Kong.
The Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medallist, who won the test event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August, overcame a world class field to take gold in 2:05:25.60.
Brazil’s six-time World Championship open water medallist Ana Marcela Cunha took silver just 0.1 seconds back in 2:05:25.70 while another Brazilian - 2013 world 10km champion Poliana Okimoto – was third in 2:05:26.40.
It was a second medal in as many years for Payne in Hong Kong, the 27-year old having kick-started her competitive comeback with bronze in this event 12 months ago.
"That was a great result for me today," Payne said. "This is the last race of the season and I swam through the summer to make sure it was a good one and it was. Always a fight to the finish but it's nice to come out with the win."
Jack Burnell has been one of the stars of the men’s FINA 10km Marathon World Cup series this year, winning back to back golds in Mexico and Hungary as well as silver in Abu Dhabi.
And the 22-year old was involved in the race for the podium positions again in Hong Kong, narrowly denied a fourth podium finish as he came home in 1:56:11.40 with USA’s Jordan Wilimovsky taking bronze in 1:56:09.30.