Marc-Antoine Olivier Takes First In First Leg Of The Olympic Year
Courtesy of FINA, Doha, Qatar.
99 swimmers from 27 countries hit Katara Beach in Doha, Qatar and were ready to race at the first leg of the 2021 FINA/CSSG Marathon Swim World Series. After over a year of non-racing, several Tokyo Olympic 10K Marathon Swim finalists had the opportunity to test themselves among the world’s elites.
Marc-Antoine Olivier of France set the tone for the race and finish. The Frenchman and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist looked great, winning his 5th career FINA Marathon Swim World Series medal in the 10 km race today. The 24-year-old’s dominance towards the end was in direct contrast to the photo finish in the women’s race.
In a precursor to what may happen in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Tokyo Bay at the Tokyo Olympics in early August, Kristóf Rasovszky of Hungary took off in the first half of the race, leading eventual winner Marc-Antoine Olivier and third place winner and Olympic 1500m freestyle gold medalist Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy. Olivier eventually caught Rasovszky and turned the tables on this European rival in the second half of the race.
MTop 25 Male 25 km Athletes:
- Marc-Antoine Olivier (24, France) 1:52:02.40
- Kristóf Rasovszky (23, Hungary) 1:52:05.50
- Gregorio Paltrinieri (26, Italy) 1:52:07.90
- Mario Sanzullo (27, Italy) 1:52:14.20
- Axel Reymond (27, France) 1:52:14.50
- Logan Fontaine (21, France) 1:52:15.70
- Hector Thomas Cheal Pardoe (19, Great Britain) 1:52:15.90
- Ferry Weertman (28, Netherlands) 1:52:16.20
- David Huszti (20, Hungary) 1:52:17.60
- Alberto Martinez (22, Spain) 1:52:18.90
- Matteo Furlan (31, Italy) 1:52:19.20
- Athanasios Kynigakis (22, Greece) 1:52:21.90
- Daniel Szekelyi (25, Hungary) 1:52:22.30
- Logan Vanhuys (23, Belgium) 1:52:22.50
- Jules Wallart (18, France) 1:52:23.00
- Simone Ruffini (31, Italy) 1:52:23.40
- David Farinango (20, Ecuador) 1:52:24.90
- Franco Ivo Cassini (27, Argentina) 1:52:25.00
- Fares Zitouni (21, France) 1:52:26.60
- Tiago Campos (21, Portugal) 1:52:28.00
- Matej Kozubek (24, Czech Republic) 1:52:32.00
- Esteban Enderica Salgado (30, Ecuador) 1:52:33.10
- Dario Verani (26, Italy) 1:52:38.20
- Jack Burnell (27, Great Britain) 1:52:43.20
- Peter Galicz (20, Hungary) 1:52:43.70
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