Kristóf Rasovszky Appreciates Training In Lake Hévíz For Tokyo Bay

Kristóf Rasovszky Appreciates Training In Lake Hévíz For Tokyo Bay

Kristóf Rasovszky was clearly ecstatic after capturing the silver medal in theOlympic 10K Marathon Swim at the Tokyo Olympics in Odaiba Marine Park. The Hungarian’s smile was bright and wide at the awards podium. “I’m really happy. I came here to win a medal and it’s a silver today.  Florian [Wellbrock] was unbeatable, so in the last lap he was much faster than everyone else. I saw in the last 500 meters Gregorio [Paltrinieri] was coming.  I tried to push harder, but I had no more speed, so I tried to be in front of him and make it impossible to get ahead of me. And I managed. 

A silver medal is awesome.”

Rasovszky had envisioned a different scenario, “I expected a bit of a different race, it took some time to recognize that Florian would not just lead the pack, but he wanted to go ahead as far as possible, but I managed to go after him. Perhaps the only surprise was that Gregorio [Paltrinieri] didn’t come with us at the beginning. I also took the lead for a while in order to keep up that pace and make it a bit more difficult for the chasing group to catch us, but it was inevitable that they would do that at one point.”

Rasovszky was behind gold medalist Florian Wellbrock of Germany on the last laps, but he had a plan, “I tried to reserve some energy for the last two laps and that worked. After a while it was clear who were able to hold amidst these circumstances. For me, this was not that challenging as week by week I drove to Lake Hévíz for each Saturday to train in that special thermal water, which is a natural phenomenon, used for healing purposes. Its temperature is at least 30°C but towards the end, in early summer the water hits 34°C. Compared to that, I can tell you, this course was like swimming in an ice cube, at least for the first three-four rounds. So all those Saturdays prepared me for this race and I could solely focus on my swimming

It was demanding, it was tough, but this is open water swimming. At the end, I went for a last drink as I was like, OK, that should definitely help to go as fast as possible in the last lap.”

Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results:

Gold: Florian Wellbrock (Germany, 23) 1:48:33.70
Silver: Kristóf Rasovszky (Hungary, 24) 1:48:59.00
Bronze: Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy, 26) 1:49:01.10
4. Matan Roditi (Israel, 22) 1:49:24.90
5. Athanasios Kynigakis (Greece, 22) 1:49:29.20
6. Marc-Antoine Olivier (France, 25) 1:50:23.00
7. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands, 29) 1:51:30.80
8. Michael McGlynn (South Africa, 21) 1:51:32.70
9. Hau-Li Fan (Canada, 23) 1:51:37.00
10. Jordan Wilimovsky (USA, 27) 1:51:40.20
11. Rob Muffels (Germany, 26) 1:53:03.30
12. Kai Graeme Edwards (Australia, 22) 1:53:04.00
13. Taishin Minamide (Japan, 25) 1:53:07.50
14. Mario Sanzullo (Italy, 28) 1:53:08.60
15. David Farinango (Ecuador, 20) 1:53:09.80
16. Phillip Seidler (Namibia, 23) 1:53:14.10
17. Daniel Delgadillo (Mexico, 31) 1:53:14.40
18. Alberto Martinez (Spain, 23) 1:53:16.50
19. Kirill Abrosimov (Russian Olympic Committee, 29) 1:54:29.30
20. Ous Mellouli (Tunisia, 37) 1:56:33.30
21. Vitaliy Khudyakov (Kazakhstan, 26) 1:57:53.70
22. William Yan Thorley (Hong Kong, 18) 1:58:33.40
23. Tiago Campos (Portugal, 22) 1:59:42.00
24. Matej Kozubek (Czech Republic, 25) 2:01:52.10
DNF Hector Thomas Cheal Pardoe (Great Britain, 20)
DNF David Aubry (France, 24)

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