Studzinski, Pozzbon Win FINA Open Water Grand Prix in Macedonia

Photo Courtesy: Cathleen Pruden

The three medallsts from the women’s FINA Open Water Grand Prix race which took place in Lake Ohrid, Macedonia, August 19 represented Italy.

Italy dominated the feminine competition as Barbara Pozzbon took gold in 5:15:51, while Alice Franco touched home second in 5:16:24s. Martina Grinaldi closed the podium in a time of 5:22:20, giving Italy its third medal of the event.

In the men’s actions, Alexandre Studzinski of Germany was the fastest and claimed gold in 5:15:14. Local swimmer Evgenij Pop Acev ranked second in 5:15:15 and Guillermo Bertola (ARG) pocketed the bronze medal in 5:15:16.

Medallists in Lake Ohrid (MKD):

1. Alexandre Studzinski (GER) 5:15:14, 2. Evgenij Pop Acev (MKD) 5:15:15, 3. Guillermo Bertola (ARG) 5:15:16

1. Barbara Pozzbon (ITA) 5:15:51, 2. Alice Franco (ITA) 5:16:24, 3. Martina Grinaldi (ITA) 5:22:20

After stopping in Santa Fe Coronda (ARG), Lac St Jean (CAN) and Lake Ohrid (MKD), the last race of the FINA Open Water Grand Prix 2017 circuit will be held in Capri-Napoli (ITA) on September 3.

OW Grand Prix 2017 Calendar

1. Santa Fe Coronda (ARG) – February 5
2. Lac St Jean (CAN) – July 29
3. Ohrid Lake (MKD) –  August 19
4. Capri-Napoli (ITA) – September 3

Press release courtesy of FINA.

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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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