As usual, the actual stage of the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup offered tremendous excitements, this time in Balatonfured (HUN).
After four gruelling laps Jack Burnell (GBR) and Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) emerged as the respective winners.
Lake Balaton offered its very best again: the biggest lake in Central Europe welcomed the World Cup participants with fine water temperature and gorgeous sunshine. The competition was a kind of test event as the open water races of the 2017 FINA World Championships will be held at the same site – and a handful of stars also tested themselves with a month to go until the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.
The men produced fantastic speed, the best ones covered the 10km in 1:41 hours, a quite amazing time.
Jack Burnell (GBR), winner of the race in Cozumel (MEX) and runner-up in Abu-Dhabi (UAE) added another gold to his tally and took over the lead in the overall.
In the finish he rushed ahead and gained 3 seconds on the 2011 and 2013 world champion Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE).
Simone Ruffini (ITA) just out-touched home hero Gergely Gyurta (HUN) for the bronze medal.
The top four finishers hit the panel in a span of two seconds in the women’s event – it couldn’t have been any tighter.
Last year’s FINA Open Water Swimmer of the Year, the 2014 overall winner Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) was the fastest in the finish, just ahead of Olympic title-holder Eva Risztov (HUN) and 2011 world champion Keri-Anne Payne (GBR), who touched in 0.05sec ahead of Rachele Bruni (ITA).
FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup action will continue next week in Setubal (POR).
1. Jack Burnell (GBR) 1:41:41.93
2. Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE) 1:41:44.51
3. Simone Ruffini (ITA) 1:41:46.35
1. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) 1:50:36.68
2. Risztov Éva (HUN) 1:50:37.69
3. Keri-Anne Payne (GBR) 1:50:38.87