Italy made it again, 4th team gold for Bruni
Hoorn (LEN) â€“ A strong performance from the Italian crew of Rachele Bruni, Simone Ruffini and Federico Vanelli ended in an easy win in the 5km team event, held in a time-trial format at the European Open Water Championships in Hoorn in the Netherlands.
From the beginning they dictated a great pace and right at the half way they were well in the leading position with a gap of 11.8 seconds, ahead of the Germans. Over the second lap the â€œSquadra Azzurriâ€ could not be stopped and they grabbed the gold in 55:59.3 minutes.
For the Italians it was the fourth victory in the team event since the 2008 inauguration. â€œWe must say a big thank to Rachele Bruni, she was very strong. she was the secret for our victoryâ€, Simone Ruffini stated. The praised female swimmer was member of all four winning Italian teams at the Europeans.
In the runner-up German team Rob Muffels was also part of last yearâ€™s world triumph, but the other two, Christian Reichert and Isabelle Haerle were missing from todayâ€™s race as they are busy with their Olympic preparations. Instead, Finnia Wunram and Andreas Waschburger joined the team in Hoorn. They came second at the end (56:37.0min), Wunram had a tough race after she had swum in the 5km race a day earlier, finishing runner-up as well.
For the first time Hungary managed to clinch a medal in this event (56:42.6min), courtesy of Eva Risztov, Mark Papp and Daniel Szekely, they managed to finish ahead the Brits who has the 5km women champion, Danielle Huskisson and the menâ€™s bronze medallist Caleb Hughes in their line-up. The title-holder and host Dutch team fielded three youngsters and they didnâ€™t have any chance to reach the podium this time.
Team Event (5km, time-trial)
- Italy (Rachele Bruni, Simone Ruffini, Federico Vanelli) â€“ 55:59.3 min
- Germany (Finnia Wunram, Andreas Waschburger, Rob Muffels) â€“ 56:37.0 min
- Hungary (Eva Risztov, Mark Papp, Daniel Szekelyi) â€“ 56:42.6 min
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Press release from LEN, photos courtesy ofÂ G. Perottino / Deepbluemedia