The European Junior Open Water Championships Begin in Beautiful Corfu, Greece

The European Junior Open Water Championships Begin in Beautiful Corfu, Greece

The European Junior Open Water Swimming Championships 2023 have begun on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu. The competitions are taking place near Corfu’s Old Fortress, a monumental structure with a storied past, having witnessed the oscillations of power between the Venetians, French, British, and Greeks. Organized by the Hellenic Swimming Federation, this championship, running from September 29 to October 2, serves as a battleground for these young and promising swimmers from across the continent.

The championships are categorized into age groups: 14-15, 16-17, and 18-19 years, with the participation of 183 young swimmers from 24 different countries. The events are structured with individual races of 5km for 14–15-year-olds, 7.5km for 16-17-year-olds, and 10km for 18-19-year-olds.

In the opening 5km race, Máté Kárpáti from Hungary took first place with a time of 57:28.8. He was closely followed by Michele Pezzoli of Italy, finishing at 57:56.7, and Germany’s Leo Leverkus, who secured a time of 57:57.6. Antonis Sertzetakis from Greece finished in 8th place with a time of 58:12.0, expressing the pride and motivation derived from competing in his homeland.

In the women’s competition, Amelie Blocksidge from Great Britain emerged as the leader, completing her race in 1:00:20.0. Napsugar Nagy of Hungary and Alba Rubio Villoria of Spain followed, with finishing times of 1:01:36.1 and 1:01:52.1.

Race Results

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