World Aquatics Open Water Swimming World Cup 2024 Sardinia - Marcela Cunha and Marc-Antoine Olivier Take Gold, Italy Triumphs in Relay

World Aquatics Open Water Swimming World Cup 2024 Sardinia – Marcela Cunha and Marc-Antoine Olivier Take Gold, Italy Triumphs in Relay

The picturesque waters of Golfo Aranci, Sardinia hosted the second stop of the World Aquatics Open Water Swimming World Cup 2024 tour. This event featured top swimmers from around the globe competing in the challenging 10km open water race. The water temperature at the start of the men’s race was a cool 19 degrees Celsius, setting the stage for a demanding competition.

Men’s 10km

Marc-Antoine Olivier of France clinched first place with a time of 1:50:03.00, closely followed by his compatriot Logan Fontaine at 1:50:04.40. The race saw a thrilling end as Kristof Rasovszky of Hungary took third place by a narrow margin at 1:50:04.50. Noteworthy performances included David Betlehem of Hungary and Andrea Filadelli of Italy, who finished fourth and fifth respectively. This race is particularly significant as Olivier and Fontaine are preparing to represent France in the upcoming Paris Olympics.

Women’s 10km

Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha marked a triumphant return, clinching the women’s 10km race, her first major win since undergoing shoulder surgery in late 2022, finishing at 2:02:00.70. Vivianne Jungblut, also from Brazil, secured second place with a time of 2:02:02.00, and Leonie Beck of Germany completed the podium at 2:02:02.20. The race was a tight contest with multiple lead changes, showcasing strategic swimming from top competitors like Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands and Italy’s Ginevra Taddeucci.

4X1500 Relay

The World Aquatics Open Water Swimming World Cup in Golfo Aranci concluded with a thrilling mixed 4x1500m relay, where the Italian team clinched the gold medal on home soil. The Italian quartet, consisting of Ginevra Taddeucci, Veronica Santoni, Andrea Filadelli, and Gregorio Paltrinieri, displayed outstanding teamwork and resilience, particularly in the challenging final stages of the race. Their victory was a redemption from the previous day’s events, where the Italians had not secured any medals in the men’s and women’s 10km races.

The race was intensely competitive, with strong performances from teams from Germany and Hungary, who finished closely behind the Italians. The German team, pushing hard in the final meters, narrowly missed the top spot and secured silver with a time just 1 second behind Italy. Hungary, not far off the pace, claimed the bronze, showcasing their depth in open water swimming talent. The relay was a non-Olympic event but held significant prestige and was a source of national pride, particularly for the Italians, who had mastered this event on the global stage under the guidance of coach Fabrizio Antonelli.

This is the last World Cup stop before the Olympic Games on the 8th and 9th of August. The World Aquatics Open Water Swimming World Cup 2024 series resumes in October in Setubal, Portugal.

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