Newcomers, Veterans Take Podium at FINA Open Water Races

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, January 28. On Sunday January 27 was held the inaugural leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2013 in Santos (BRA) with 88 swimmers from 13 countries entering the race.

Newcomer Frenchman Romain Beraud took out the men's race in 2h02m26s01. The Italians Federico Vanelli (2h02m28s22) and Matteo Furlan (2h02m30s10) claimed second and third spots, respectively. For all three medallists, this was the first podium appearance in a FINA competition. Local favourite Allan do Carmo finished fourth, touching home 0.05 seconds after Furlan.

Emily Brunemann (USA) prevailed with a solid win over the rest of the field, touching home in 2h11m18s04. Teammate Eva Fabian and Rachele Bruni from Italy went head-to-head for the touch but the American was faster, crossing the finish line in 2h11m48s06. Bruni was third in 2h11m50s12.

Rosario, in Argentina, welcomed 32 swimmers from 11 countries for the inaugural race of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2013 on Sunday January 27.

In the 15km event, Italy's Simone Ercoli emerged from a competitive field to win the race in a 1h51m03s effort. His compatriot Mario Sanzullo took silver in 1h51m08s20, finishing ahead of home favourite Guillermo Bertola, who clocked 1h51m08s76.

Among women, the podium was exclusively European with Spain's Esther Nunez registering a clean win over main challengers Karla Sitic from Croatia and Russian Olga Kozydub. The Spanish touched first in 1h58m38s while second-place finisher Sitic completed the race in 2h01m14s. Kozydub secured the bronze in a time of 2h01m16s.

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