Rachele Bruni Honored by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Ned Denison, chairperson of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, announced the induction of Olympic silver medalist Rachele Bruni as an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
He explains, “Over the course of her lengthy career, Rachele has swum all over the world at several dozens professional marathon swims. She won 3 majors outright: the 2015 FINA 10 km Marathon Swimming World Cup, the 2016 FINA 10 km Marathon Swimming World Cup, and the 2019 FINA Marathon Swim World Series Cup. At the Summer Olympics marathon swim, she won a silver medal in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach and placed 14th in 2021 in Tokyo Bay.
At theFINA World Championships, she won a 10 km bronze medal and 5 km Mixed Team Event silver medal in 2019 and a 5 km Mixed Team Event bronze medal in 2017.
Her FINA World Cup victories include 2019 lac St-Jean (Canada), 2017 Setúbal Bay (Portugal) and Balatonfüred (Hungary), 2016 Hong Kong and Viedma (Argentina), 2015 Abu Dhabi (UAE), lac Mégantic (Canada), Setúbul Bay, and Viedma, and 2007 Cancún (Mexico).
Overall throughout her 14-year career, Rachele has earned a podium position in 45% of her 48 FINA races in 23 countries.
She won the LEN 10 km Championship in 2016 and 5 km Mixed Team Event in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2016 plus the 10 km Summer Universiade in 2011.
Steven Munatones commented, “Rachele is one of those rare athletes who is always a threat to win and capture a podium position, no matter what the conditions, course, or distance of her races. She is competitive, savvy, seriously minded, tactical, and is always well prepared. She is a great ambassador of the sport and this honor is very well deserved.”
Photo above of Bruni at the 2016 Rio Olympics is courtesy of Jonas de Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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