Kristof Rasovszky and Leah Boy Triumph in 10km Races at 2023 LEN Open Water Cup in Belgrade

Kristof Rasovszky and Leah Boy Triumph in 10km Races at 2023 LEN Open Water Cup in Belgrade

Hungarian Olympic medalist Kristof Rasovszky and German world champion Leah Boy emerged victorious in the 10km races at the third leg of the 2023 LEN Open Water Cup held in Belgrade.

Rasovszky completed the men’s 10km event in Serbia with a time of one hour, 51 minutes, and 53.70 seconds, successfully fending off competition from three Italian swimmers. Marcelo Guidi and Mario Sanzullo secured second and third place, respectively, while Dario Verani and Rasovszky’s training partner David Betlehem finished within a mere 10-second range of the Hungarian champion.

Reflecting on his win, Rasovszky expressed his satisfaction, especially as it was his final race before the upcoming World Championships. Despite initially feeling slightly uncomfortable in the water due to recent intense training and national competitions, Rasovszky gradually gained confidence throughout the race. Determined to secure the victory, he pushed himself to the limit, ensuring that his triumph remained unchallenged during the final lap.

RankBibNameCountryGenderAgeTotal Time

In the women’s race, Boy, who had previously won Team gold and claimed a silver medal in the 25km event at the 2022 Budapest World Championships, clinched victory with a time of two hours, two minutes, and 16.37 seconds. Arianna Bridi of Italy secured second place, while Hungarian world junior champion Bettina Fabian achieved her second third-place finish in the LEN Open Water Cup season.

Fabian, reflecting on her performance, appreciated the opportunity to gain valuable experience at the senior level, particularly since the field of competitors was relatively small. She acknowledged the race as an excellent practice opportunity and a valuable learning experience, mentioning a minor incident during the race where she initially missed touching the touch panel and had to readjust, resulting in her third-place finish.

RankBibNameCountryGenderAgeTotal Time
1119LEA BOYGERMANYF2302:02:16.37
2147ARIANNA BRIDIITALYF2802:02:20.21

The next leg of the competition is scheduled to take place in Slovakia on August 19th. However, the imminent major challenge for Europe’s top open water swimmers will be the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, scheduled from July 15th to 20th.

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