Ana Marcela Cunha Ties Record for Most Open Water Worlds Medals

2017 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS – OPEN WATER

As a nation, France came away as the big winners in the open water portion of the 2017 FINA World Championships this week.

France had just 1 gold medal at the FINA World Championships in open water from 1991-2015, and just 5 medals total. In 2017, they doubled their total medals – winning 4 golds and a bronze that leave them now as the 5th-best team in the history of the discipline at open water Worlds.

Aurelie Muller was involved in 3 of those 5 medals. She won the premier 10km event individually for the second-straight edition of the World Championships. She also took silver individually in the 5k, and, no surprise, France won gold in the team event as well.

Also taking 3 medals was Ana Marcela Cunha – she won bronze in the 5k and 10k (tie), and was the solo winner of the 25k.

That brings Cunha to 9 career open water medals at the FINA World Aquatics Championships – 3 gold, 2 silver, and 4 bronze. That ties her with Dutch legend Edith van Dijk for the most ever by a woman. Van Dijk had the exact same tally (3 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze) from 1998-2005. Van Dijk has 15 FINA World titles in open water if the FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships, held from 2000-2010.

See below the final 2017 medals table, the all-time medals table from the FINA World Aquatics Championships, and the medalists results from this year’s championships.

2017 Medals Table

 Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  France 4 1 1 6
2  United States 1 2 0 3
3  Netherlands 1 1 0 2
4  Brazil 1 0 2 3
5  Italy 0 2 3 5
6  Ecuador 0 1 0 1
7  Great Britain 0 0 1 1
 Russia 0 0 1 1
Total 7 7 8 22

All-Time Medals Table (1991-2017)

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Russia (RUS) 12 10 9 31
2  Germany (GER) 11 14 10 35
3  United States (USA) 10 8 5 23
4  Italy (ITA) 9 6 14 29
5  France (FRA) 5 3 2 10
6  Netherlands (NED) 4 6 4 14
7  Brazil (BRA) 4 3 6 13
8  Australia (AUS) 3 6 5 14
9  Greece (GRE) 2 4 3 9
10  Great Britain (GBR) 2 1 1 4
11  Spain (SPA) 1 2 1 4
12  Canada (CAN) 1 1 0 2
13  Bulgaria (BUL) 1 0 3 4
14  South Africa (RSA)
 Tunisia (TUN)
1 0 1 2
16   Switzerland (SUI) 1 0 0 1
17  Hungary (HUN) 0 2 1 3
18  Belgium (BEL)
 Czech Republic (CZE)
 Ecuador (ECU)
0 1 0 1
21  Argentina (ARG)
 Egypt (EGY)
0 0 1 1
Total 68 69 68 202

2017 Results (Medalists)

Event Gold Silver Bronze
5 km details Marc-Antoine Olivier
 France
54:31.4 Mario Sanzullo
 Italy
54:32.1 Timothy Shuttleworth
 Great Britain
54:42.1
10 km
details
Ferry Weertman
 Netherlands
1:51:58.5 Jordan Wilimovsky
 United States
1:51:58.6 Marc-Antoine Olivier
 France
1:51:59.2
25 km
details
Axel Reymond
 France
5:02:46.4 Matteo Furlan
 Italy
5:02:47.0 Evgeny Drattsev
 Russia
5:02:49.8

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
5 km
details
Ashley Twichell
 United States
59:07.0 Aurélie Muller
 France
59:10.5 Ana Marcela Cunha
 Brazil
59:11.4
10 km
details
Aurélie Muller
 France
2:00:13.7 Samantha Arévalo
 Ecuador
2:00:17.0 Ana Marcela Cunha
 Brazil


Arianna Bridi
 Italy

2:00:17.2
25 km
details
Ana Marcela Cunha
 Brazil
5:21:58.4 Sharon van Rouwendaal
 Netherlands
5:22:00.8 Arianna Bridi
 Italy
5:22:08.2

Team

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team
details
 France
Oceane Cassignol
Logan Fontaine
Aurélie Muller
Marc-Antoine Olivier
54:05.9  United States
Brendan Casey
Ashley Twichell
Haley Anderson
Jordan Wilimovsky
54:18.1  Italy
Rachele Bruni
Giulia Gabbrielleschi
Federico Vanelli
Mario Sanzullo
54:31.0

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Cunha is a Beast! Mean that in the best possible way! Congratulations to ALL the Open Water swimmers, let’s hope the USA’s participation, publicity and progress in this fantastic discipline continue to grow as well as continued worldwide growth and exposure for Open Water.

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