World Championships: Ana Marcela Cunha, Dario Verani Claim Gold in 25K Open Water

Ana de JESUS SOARES da CUNHA BRA Open Water Swimming Women’s 5km FINA 19th World Championships Budapest 2022 Budapest, Lupa Lake 27/06/22 Photo Giorgio Perottino / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto
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World Championships: Ana Marcela Cunha, Dario Verani Claim Gold in 25K Open Water

Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha made it two titles at the 2022 FINA Open Water World Championships.

After winning the women’s 5K race earlier in the week, Cunha claimed the 25K title on Thursday. She won the race in 5:24.15.00, holding off Germany’s Lea Boy, who finished just behind in 5:24.15.20.

Just another tenth of a second back was Sharon Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands, who claimed the bronze after winning the 10K gold medal earlier in the week. Van Rouwendaal finished in 5:24.15.30 in the 25K.

Just missing the podium at the World Championships was Italy’s Barbara Pozzobon, who crossed the finish line in 5:24.16.30. Another second back was France’s Caroline Laure Jouisse (5:25.32.10).

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Germany’s Elea Linka finished sixth (5:25.36.70), followed by USA’s Anna Auld (5:26.25.60), Hungary’s Reka Rohacs (5:26.28.60), Japan’s Hanano Kato (5:26.30.90) and USA’ Kensey McMahon (5:30.19.10), who rounded out the top 10.

In the men’s 25K at the World Championships, Italy’s Dario Verani claimed the gold medal with a swim of 5:02.21.50. The 27-year-old finished a second ahead of the rest of the field.

France’s Axel Reymond earned the silver medal with a swim of 5:02.22.70, while Hungary’s Peter Galicz took the bronze (5:02.34.40).

Marcel Schouten of the Netherlands finished fourth (5:02.46.70), followed by Australia’s Kyle Lee (5:02.48.50), Lars Bottelier of the Netherlands (5:02.51.60), Italy’s Matteo Furlan (5:02.53.80), Hungary’s Akos Kalmar (5:03.52.10), Taipei’s Ching-Chi Cho (5:04.18.70) and Spain’s Alberto Martinez (5:04.47.80).

The top U.S. finisher was Simon Lamar, who finished 12th in 5:06.15.30.

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