Weinberger qualifies for Rio

South Surrey swimmer earns spot on 2016 Olympic team.

South Surrey native Richard Weinberger placed eighth at this week’s FINA World Championships.

Peninsula-born swimmer Richard Weinberger has earned himself a spot in the next summer Olympics, after finishing in eighth place at the FINA World Championships this week.

Weinberger, a long-distance swimmer and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, had a strong finish in the 10-km open water marathon in Kazan, Russia Monday, clocking in at 1:50:19.9.

The effort was enough to secure Weinberger a trip to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics, where the 25-year-old – who now lives and trains in Vancouver – will compete for Team Canada.

The gold medal in Monday’s race was won by American Jordon Wilimovsky, who finished with a time of 1:49:48.2. Silver went to Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands (1:50:00.3) and bronze went to Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece (1:50:00.7).

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