By Emily Goddard

thomas lurz_13-10-111October 13 - German open water swimming star Thomas Lurz has taken gold at the last stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Hong Kong after fighting off some heavy competition from compatriot Christian Reichert and defending champion South Africa's Chad Ho.

Lurz touched home in 1 hour 58min 16sec, followed closely by Reichert in 1:58:17 and Ho in 1:58:18, while China's Zhang Zi Bing missed a podium spot by just 0.75sec.

As the overall winner of the men's heat in the 2011 World Cup Series, Lurz now has no less than 17 victories to his name in the competition, claiming one win in 2007, two in 2008, nine in 2009, two in 2010 and three this year.

Following her triumph in Shantou, China, Emily Brunemann again claimed the women's top spot, finishing the race in 2:10:59:95.

The American faced a strong challenge from Olympian Angela Maurer and her fellow German Nadine Reichert, who crossed the finish line in 2:11:02 and 2:11:08, respectively.

This latest set of results sees Maurer claim the overall gold in the women's World Cup 2011 Series.

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