France’s Axel Reymond Wins Men’s 25k Open Water World Championship

Axel Reymond France Gold Medal Open Water 25Km 32nd LEN European Championships Berlin, Germany 2014 Aug.13 th - Aug. 24 th Day05 - Aug. 17 Photo Andrea Staccioli/Deepbluemedia/Insidefoto

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Another French swimmer, Axel Reymond, won gold in the men’s 25k open water at the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships. Reymond finished the race in 5:02.46.

Reymond’s win comes after a disappointing fourth place finish in this event in 2015 at the World Championships in Kazan. He is the defending European champion in the 25k event, having won the race last year in Hoorn. Reymond’s win today marks France’s fourth gold medal in these championships.

Despite the race being five hours long, the finish was still extremely close. Reymond only finished four one hundredths of a second ahead of second place finisher, Matteo Furlan of Italy. Furlan, who earned bronze in 2015, was second in 5:02.47. Russia’s Evgenii Drattcev rounded out the podium, taking third in 5:02.49.

The 2015 world champion in this event, Simone Ruffini of Italy, finished just outside the podium in fourth place in 5:02.53. American Chip Peterson finished fifth in 5:03.43.

Sixth place went to Hungary’s Gergely Gyurta with a time of 5:04.00. Vitaliy Khudyakov of Kazakhstan took seventh in 5:04.36, while Russia’s Sergey Bolshakov was eighth in 5:04.49.

The second American, Simon Lamar, as well as Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky and France’s Logan Fontaine did not finish the race.


  1. Daniel Haverty

    Wow, 25k come down to hundreds at the finish…