Gregorio Paltrinieri, Leonie Beck Close Out LEN Open Water Cup with Wins

Gregorio Paltrinieri 5k Budapest
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Gregorio Paltrinieri, Leonie Beck Close Out LEN Open Water Cup with Wins

Gregorio Paltrinieri and Leonie Beck picked up wins in the fifth and final leg of the 2021 LEN Open Water Cup Series in Alghero, Italy, on Saturday.

For Paltrinieri, it’s the second straight win in home waters in Italy. It’s also the second straight time he’s pushed to the line ahead of countryman Domenico Acerenza. After beating Acerenza by one-tenth of a second in Pimobino last week, the reigning European champion in the 5-kilometer and 10-km races got the better of him by 0.8 seconds in a winning time of 1 hour, 55 minutes, 0.8 seconds. Paltrinieri was the only multiple winner out of the four installments of the five scheduled legs of the 2021 LEN Open Water Cup Series that occurred.

Third was Frenchman Marc-Antoine Olivier, the winner of the first leg of the race in August. He edged out Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky, the Olympic silver medalist.

On the women’s side, the German’s continued their dominance this season, with the fourth and fifth top-two finishes in the last three races. Beck, who was second in Piombino by fractions of a second, this time left no doubt, speeding away to win by five seconds in 2:03:48.5. Second was Jeannette Spiwoks, who had won Leg 3 in Barcelona in another German 1-2. Piombino winner Giulia Gabbrielleschi was third, two seconds back of Spiwoks.

Lea Boy, who was second in Barcelona, finished seventh. Leg 1 winner Martina de Memme was fifth.

LEN Open Water Cup, Leg 5

Leg 5, Alghero, Italy


  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy 1:55:00.8
  2. Domenico Acerenza, Italy 1:55:01.6.
  3. Marc-Antoine Olivier, France 1:55:03.9


  1. Leonie Beck, Germany 2:03:48.5
  2. Jeannette Spiwoks, Gerrmany 2:03:57.5
  3. Giulia Gabbrielleschi, Italy 2:03:59.5

2021 LEN Open Water Cup Series Results

  • Leg 1, Aug. 14, Ohrid, North Macedonia: Marc-Antoine Olivier (FRA) and Martina de Memme (ITA)
  • Leg 2, Sept. 19, Rijeka, Croatia: Cancelled
  • Leg 3, Sept. 25, Barcelona, Spain: Florian Wellbrock (GER) and Jeanette Spiwoks (GER)
  • Leg 4, Oct. 3, Piombino, Italy: Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) and Giulia Gabrielleschi (ITA)
  • Leg 5, Oct. 9, Alghero, Italy: Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) and Leonie Beck (GER)