CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Alex Meyer ’10, competing in his first Olympic Games, placed 10th in the men’s 10k marathon on Friday at London’s Hyde Park.
Meyer stayed with the lead pack early and was in third place after the second lap. He fell to ninth on the third lap and was in 14th place heading into the sixth and final lap. Meyer turned in his fastest split of the race, 18:07.1, on the final lap to finish 10th in 1 hour, 50 minutes, 48.2 seconds.
The 25-man field completed six laps of a 1.66-kilometer course in near-perfect conditions as fans lined both banks of the rectangular lake under bright sunshine. Tunisia’s Ous Melloui took the Gold medal with a final time of 1 hour, 49 minutes, 55.1 seconds. Germany’s Thomas Lurz earned the Silver in 1 hour, 49 minutes, 58.5 seconds while Richard Weinberger took Bronze in 1 hour, 50 minutes, 5.3 seconds.
Meyer was named USA Swimming's 2011 Fran Crippen Memorial Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year after winning the 10k at the 2011 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships. He placed fourth in the 10k at the 2011 Open Water World Championships to become the first American athlete to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.
Meyer was a five-time Ivy League Champion for the Crimson and received the Harold S. Ulen Award as the career high-point swimmer at Ivy League Championships in 2010. He also received the Phil Moriarty Award as the high-point swimmer at 2010 Ivy Championships after winning the 500, 1,000 and 1,500 free, and recorded the second-fastest time in school history in the 1,650 free (14:58.13) at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America status with a 14th-place finish.