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European Open Water Swimming Championships – Glasgow 2018 D3 & D4

Day 3 Team Event


Britain put on a strong showing in the Glasgow 2018 open water mixed team event, finishing fourth. The team, made up of Danielle Huskisson, Toby Robinson, Jazz Carlin and Jack Burnell each took on 1.25km of Loch Lomond in the 5km race.

It was a close race for gold and silver with Germany and the Netherlands neck and neck up to the final metres, but in the end Ferry Weertman did enough to win his second gold of the Championships, just touching for the Dutch (52:35.0) ahead of German Florian Wellbeck (52:35.6). 

France (52:46.7) picked up the bronze medal, having led at the half way point. These were the only two teams to put their two women in the first two legs.
 

Russia had led the first leg, with Huskisson staying part of the rear pack, which pitted male swimmers against females. She handed over to Robinson in ninth position, but in a tight group of six nations.

After a strong swim Robinson handed over to Carlin in third position. During her leg there was a breakaway featuring Germany and the Netherlands which led Carlin, in her first event of this type hand over to Burnell in fourth.

Despite the leaders having a strong lead over the following pack, Burnell did enough to hold Italy into fifth place. The Brits (52:51.3) were only four seconds off a podium finish in an event they have never medalled in. The event concluded the British team's involvement in the open water competition, which finishes on Day 4 with the 25km race.

Day 4 Mixed 25km 

Women

After 25km of swimming in a choppy Loch Lomond, you may not expect the first two Women's race positions to be separated by just 0.1s. But that's the margin of victory Arianna Bridi (ITA, 5:19:34.6) enjoyed over 2018 Women's European 5km and 10km Open Water Champion Sharon Van Rouwendaal (NED, 5:19:34.7). The sprint finish came after the Dutch star had caught up following a wrong turn 5km out from the finish. Missing  a turn in the 2016 European 10km Open Water Championships had previously cost Van Rouwendaal a medal.

Just 8.2s further back was Lara Grangeon (FRA, 5:19:42.9) with Angela Maurer (GER, 5:21:12.5) in fourth at the age of 43 proving that experience counts. 

The race was packed with star names with proven open water pedigrees. Bridi was 10km bronze medallist at the 2017 World Championships. Grangeon won the French titles for 5km and 25km events in 2017.
 

Men

Kristóf Rasovszky (HUN, 4:57:53.5), Kirill Belyaev (RUS, 4:57:54.6) and Matteo Pinna Furlan (ITA, 4:57:55.8) claimed gold, silver and bronze, finishing just over a second apart.

Rasovszky, 5km Champion, nearly saw his opportunity for another gold disappear. Belyaev produced a late challenge 400m out which reduced the 5s gap to 1.1s.
 

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Published
11.08.2018