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Miluska swims to top ten finish

Competitors in the women's 5km race pass a Japanese fishing boat

(Keystone)

The world swimming championships have got underway in Fukuoka, Japan, with Swiss long distance swimmer Hanna Miluska finishing ninth in Monday's open water five kilometre race.

After celebrating her first European Cup win in Potsdam last month, the 17-year-old from Basel found the competition a bit tougher in Japan. Completing the swim around Hakata Bay in one hour, two minutes and five seconds, Miluska crossed the finish line more than a minute and a half behind race winner Viola Valli of Italy.

Switzerland's Denise Schrader, who won the bronze medal in Potsdam, came in five seconds behind Miluska on Monday to take 16th place.

The men's five kilometre race was also won by an Italian, with Luca Baldini finishing almost a minute ahead of Russia's Evgueni Bezroutchenko. Switzerland's Adrian Andermatt came in 19th, more than two and a half minutes behind Baldini.

Switzerland's best medal hopes in Japan rest with the indoor swimmers, whose programme does not begin until Sunday. Led by Olympic finalists Flavia Rigamonti and Remo Lütolf, the Swiss team comprises a total of 16 competitors - the largest ever sent by Switzerland to a world championships.

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