Marc-Antoine Olivier (FRA) and Anna Olasz (HUN) were the winners of the second leg of the FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series 2021, held this Saturday in Ohrid (MKD). The French star swam and won the men’s 10m km race in 1h54m54s60, while the Magyar ace triumphed in the women’s event in a time of 2h04m26s40. For Olivier, this is the second win of the year, after his initial success in the first event of the series on March 13, 2021, in Doha (QAT).
Behind the winner, the fight for the minor medals was quite intense: Niklas Frach, from Germany, managed to get the silver in 1h54m56s70, a mere 2.10 seconds behind Olivier, while Kiril Abrosimov, from Russia, was bronze medallist in 1h54m58s00.
Kristof Rasovszky (HUN), the runner-up at the Tokyo Olympics (and also in Doha), was fourth in North Macedonia, touching in 1h55m08s40. Olivier was sixth in the Japanese capital but had won silver at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju (KOR). For Frach, 23 years old, this is the best result at world level.
Among women, the Hungarian winner was mainly challenged by Giulia Gabbrielleschi (ITA), silver medallist in 2h04m28s60, and by Caroline Jouisse (FRA), third in a time of 2h04m31s30. Olasz had been first in the Olympic Qualifier event for the Tokyo Games, but arrived to the Odaiba venue in the Japanese capital, she was fourth.
As for Gabbrielleschi, she owns a World Championships medal from Gwangju 2019, when she helped her team getting the silver in the Mixed event.
The Ohrid event was attended by 39 swimmers – 22 men and 17 women. The World Series will now proceed in Nantou (TPE), Hong Kong (HKG), and Abu Dhabi (UAE).
Medallists in Ohrid (MKD):
- Marc-Antoine Olivier (FRA), 1h54m54s60
- Niklas Frach (GER), 1h54m56s70
- Kiril Abrosimov (RUS), 1h54m58s00
- Anna Olasz (HUN), 2h04m26s40
- Giulia Gabbrielleschi (ITA), 2h04m28s60
- Caroline Jouisse (FRA), 2h04m31s30
Press release from FINA