Caroline Jouisse, Alessio Occhipinti Win FINA UltraMarathon Series’ Capri-Napoli Stop

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Medalists in the FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series Capri-Napoli stop; Photo Courtesy: FINA

Caroline Jouisse, Alessio Occhipinti Win FINA UltraMarathon Series’ Capri-Napoli Stop

Caroline Jouisse of France and Italy’s Alessio Occhipinti won the FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series 2021 race from Capri to Napoli in Italy on Sunday.

The 36-kilometer swim over a historic course is the second leg on the 2021 UltraMarathon Series, following up on the Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia race last month.

Jouisse continues her recent form, augmenting a runner-up finish in North Macedonia and a bronze medal in the Lake Ohrid marathon 10k last week. On Sunday, she pulled away from the field to win by a comfortable margin in 6 hours, 49 minutes, 23.9 seconds. Countrywoman Lisa Pou was second in 6:52:38.5 with Italy’s Rebecca Talanti a distance third in 7:08:59.5. Fourth was Pilar Giejo of Argentina; she had been fourth at Lake Ohrid. Twelve women started the race, and eight finished.

Occhipinti used the home water to his advantage. The native of Roman, who won bronze at the 25K at the 2019 World Championships, was the class of the field in 6:32:20.6. he was two minutes clear of Marcel Schouten, the Dutchman who was fourth in North Macedonia, in 6:34:33.4. Italy’s Simone Ruffini took bronze 10 seconds back.

The men’s field of 15 (of which 14 finished) was considerably deeper. Axel Reymond, the Frenchman who won the Lake Ohrid swim, was fifth, off the podium by two minutes. Edoardo Stochino of Italy, who won silver in North Macedonia, was 10th. Bronze medalist Evgenij Pop Acev was sixth this time around.

The three-race series will conclude on Nov. 21 in Rosario, Argentina. Full results are here.

FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series Capri-Napoli (Italy) Results

Women

  1. Caroline Jouisse, France, 6:49:23.9
  2. Lisa Pou, France, 6:52:38.5
  3. Rebecca Talanti, Italy, 7:08:59.5

Men

  1. Alessio Occhipinti, Italy, 6:32:20.6
  2. Marcel Schouten, Netherlands, 6:34:33.4
  3. Simone Ruffini, Italy, 6:34:44.3

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