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08 Sep 2017

Events: FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup (Lac-Mégantic) Ends Successfully

FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup was held in Lac-Mégantic of Canada yesterday, featuring 19 male athletes and 21 female athletes. Hungarian Rasovszky and Brazilian Cunha obtained the champions of Men’s 10km and Women’s 10km, respectively. The Italy team obtained 3 medals in total.


Men

1. Kristof Rasovszky (Hungary) 1:58:18.08

2. Federico Vanelli (Italy) 1:58:21.06

3. Allan do Carmo (Brazil) 1:58:25.02


After the men’s race, the 20-year-old Hungarian, Rasovszky, said the day didn’t exactly go as he’d expected. “The first 4K was really slow and a slow race isn’t good for me so I was trying to swim faster. After 6K, I tried to be in the lead for the finish. I know no one can catch me in the last kilometer if I lead, so my plan was to lead in the last kilometer.”

Runner-up Vanelli also said he was not satisfied with second place because his mind wandered during the race. “I think about holidays. It was a strange race.”


Women

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 2:06:12.86

2. Rachele Bruni (Italy) 2:06:14.52

3. Arianna Bridi (Italy) 2:06:14.87


Gold medalist Cunha hadn’t won a 10km World Cup since 2015, in China. Her coach explained, “She really executed the plan. We tried twice to get 10 to 15 meters ahead, but the pack caught her. And when the pack catches you, you have to stay, be patient, and wait for the finish to do the sprint. She tried.”

During the last 125 meters, the leading athletes began to sprint. Bridi, who finished third, said, “I’m happy. I tried to go faster at the last buoy, but I was finished. Haha! I was finished but the race wasn’t.”

The next round of FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup will be held in Chun’an, China on 15 October. The last round will be in Hong Kong, China on 21 October.

(This article is from FINA.)

 
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