Sharon Van Rouwendaal, Kristof Rasovszky Win European Championship in Open Water 5K

Sharon Van Rouwendaal. Photo Courtesy: Andrea Staccioli/Deepbluemedia/Insidefoto

The open water races at the European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, began Wednesday with the Women’s 5K at Loch Lomond.

Sharon Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands completed a strong race and held off the competition by 16 seconds to win the championship in 56:01.

Germany’s Leonie Antonia Beck took second at 56:17, followed by Italy’s Rachel Bruni (56.49) and Arianna Bridi (56:58).

Greece’s Kalliopi Araouzou finished fifth in 57:17, followed by Czech Republic’s Alena Benesova (57:21), Italy’s Martina De Memme (57:24) and France’s Lara Grangeon (57:25).

The Men’s 5K was also Wednesday at Loch Lomond.

Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky held off France’s Axel Reymond and Logan Fontaine in an incredible 1-2-3 finish.

Rasovszky won the race in 52:38, followed by Reymond at 52:41 and Fontaine at 52:44.

Germany’s Rob Muffels was fourth at 52:55, followed by Italy’s Marcello Guidi (52:56), Pepijn Maxime Smits (52:59) of the Netherlands, France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier (52:06) and Russia’s Denis Adeev (53:09).

The 10K races are Thursday.

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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