France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier Claims World Championship Title in Open Water 5k

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France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier claimed the gold medal in the first Open Water event of the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships with a time of 54:31.40.

After finishing tenth in this event at the 2015 World Championships, Olivier followed up his performance with a bronze medal in the 10k at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The third-place result came after a physical photo finish, where Great Britain’s Jack Burnell was disqualified after receiving his second yellow card of the day, giving Olivier the bronze.

This time around, Olivier positioned himself to avoid such behavior. He took command of the race early on:

The race was much less eventful at the finish than the 10k in Rio as Italy’s Mario Sanzullo claimed runner-up honors in 54:32.10. Tim Shuttleworth, teammate to Burnell, earned third place in 54:42.10.

Russia’s Kirill Abrosimov was among the leaders finishing fourth in 54:45.90. He was followed by four swimmers who all raced in 54 minutes and 47 seconds. Brazil’s Fernando Ponte won the battle in 54:47.10 followed by Italy’s Andrea Manzi and Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky in 54:47.60. Logan Fontaine of France took eighth in 54:47.90.

Chad Ho of South Africa, who won this event in 2015, finished eleventh (54:48.60). Americans David Heron (54:48.20) and Andrew Gemmell (54:59.30) finished tenth and seventeenth, respectively.