2019 FINA World Championships: Kristof Rasovszky Wins 5K Gold

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The World Championships began with the men's open water 5K. Photo Courtesy: Vanessa Lucas- Seychelles Tourism Board

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The swimming portion of the 2019 FINA World Championships opened with the open water men’s 5K.

Hungary’s Kristof Rasovzky earned the gold medal with a swim of 53.22.10 to finish 10 seconds ahead of the rest of the field by 10 seconds for a dominating victory to open the World Championships on Saturday in Gwangju, South Korea.

France’s Logan Fontaine finished with the silver in 53:32.10, finishing behind Rasovzky, but holding off the rest of the field.

Canada’s Eric Hedlin took the bronze medal right on Fontaine’s heels with a swim of 53:32.40.

Fourth place went to Matej Kozubek of the Czech Republic, who finished in 53;33.60 to finish ahead of Italy’s Domenico Acerenza (53:34.00) and Hungary’s Daniel Szekelyi (53:34.40).

Australia’s Bailey Armstrong finished seventh in 53;34.80, followed by Russia’s Kirill Abrosimov (53:35.50), while Australia’s Hayden Paul Cotter (53:35.50) and Spain’s Guillem Pujol (53:35.80) rounded out the top 10.

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Read the full results from the opening race of the 2019 FINA World Championships here.

Check out more from Day 1 of the 2019 FINA World Championships here.

The open water events will continue throughout the week with the women’s 5K, men’s and women’s 10K and 25K events as the meet continues.

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