European Aquatics Championships Belgrade 2024: David Betlehem Wins 5k, Marc-Antoine Olivier and Marcelo Guidi Claim Podium Spots

European Aquatics Championships Belgrade 2024: David Betlehem Wins 5k, Marc-Antoine Olivier and Marcelo Guidi Claim Podium Spots

David Betlehem won his first European title by making a well-timed move in the 5km race, narrowly beating Marc-Antoine Olivier by just 0.4 seconds. The Hungarian swimmer won after Olivier came in second in the 10km race the day before.

Betlehem trained with Olympic silver medalist and World 10km champion Kristof Rasovszky. He has emerged from his mentor’s shadow by winning this gold medal.

In the race, Rasovszky set a fast pace from the start, leading the pack for two laps. Olivier and Betlehem stayed close behind, turning the last lap into a duel. As they neared the final stretch, both swimmers fought hard. But Betlehem managed to out-touch Olivier, finishing in 53:28.3, just ahead of Olivier’s 53:28.7. Italy’s Marcelo Guidi secured the bronze with a time of 53:30.8.

Reflecting on his victory, Betlehem said,

“It was a really long road and I had to learn a lot of lessons before I could achieve this, two medals in two days, with a European title, not that bad, is it?” Betlehem said with a huge smile on his face. Today it was a huge race, my big bro Raso (Kristof Rasovszky) set a great pace over the first two laps, not everyone was happy with that as he managed to tear the field apart and only the best ones could stay close. In the last, we got going with Marc (Marc-Antoine Olivier) and it came down between the two of us. I knew I could have a chance, I just had to find a clear path. Even if I was on the outside so needed to swim a bit more, I was confident that I had the speed to touch in first. I was close but I could make it finally and this is a fantastic feeling and a tremendous boost before the Olympics. It was a really long road and I had to learn a lot of lessons before I could achieve this. Two medals in two days, with a European title, not that bad, is it? “

Olivier, despite finishing second, was positive about his performance, stating,

“Yesterday I had the edge over David, today he was a bit faster. Even if it is silver again, I’m happy with this medal.”

Mens 5k Results

RankNameCountryTimeTime Difference
1David BETLEHEMHUN53:28.30.0
2Marc-Antoine OLIVIERFRA53:28.7+0.4
3Marcello GUIDIITA53:30.8+2.5
4Sacha VELLYFRA53:32.9+4.6
5Athanasios Charalampos KYNIGAKISGRE53:35.0+6.7
6Kristof RASOVSZKYHUN53:36.7+8.4
7Andrea FILADELLIITA53:38.4+10.1
8Niklas FRACHGER53:39.3+11.0
9Vincenzo CASOITA53:45.3+17.0
10Marin MOGICCRO54:53.8+1:25.5
11Alejandro PUEBLA MARTINEZESP54:59.8+1:31.5
12Christian SCHREIBERSUI55:09.6+1:41.3
13Arshak HAMBARDZUMYANHUN55:11.7+1:43.4
14Noah LERCHGER55:15.4+1:47.1
15Paul NIEDERBERGERSUI55:16.2+1:47.9
16Diogo CARDOSOPOR55:16.2+1:47.9
17Guillem PUJOL BELMONTEESP55:16.5+1:48.2
18Adam MROZPOL55:19.4+1:51.1
19Jean-Baptiste CLUSMANFRA55:19.9+1:51.6
20Piotr WOZNIAKPOL55:20.3+1:52.0
21Jonas Claus KUSCHEGER55:20.3+1:52.0
22Mario MENDEZ PUGAESP55:30.1+2:01.8
23Ioannis SKARISGRE57:19.7+3:51.4
24Claudio LORENZETTISUI57:20.1+3:51.8
25Martin STRAKACZE57:21.6+3:53.3
26Patrick EREMIJACRO59:45.5+6:17.2
27Theo DRUENNEMON59:47.2+6:18.9
28Nikola SIMICSRB1:01:07.0+7:38.7
29Tomas PECIARSVK1:03:48.5+10:20.2

Results

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