French Strike Gold Again As Reymond Tops Men’s 25k Field


The magical run in open water continued for the French on the final day of action from Lake Balaton, as Axel Reymond edged Italy’s Matteo Furlan for gold in the men’s 25k event.

Reymond was at the front of the race throughout, and Furlan gradually made his way through the pack to find himself in a sprint for gold with Reymond at the end. Reymond took the gold by just six tenths of a second, touching in 5:02:46.40 to Furlans’ 5:02:47.00.

Reymond’s gold adds to the wins from Aurelie Muller in the women’s 10k, Marc-Antoine Olivier in the men’s 5k, and their gold in the 5k team event yesterday. Along with those four golds they also have a silver and a bronze from Muller in the 5k and Olivier in the 10k, making them 6-for-6 in medals prior to the conclusion of the women’s 25k.

Reymond has one two consecutive 25k titles at the European Championships, but this is his first World Championship medal. Two years ago in Kazan he was 4th, but was well over a minute outside of a medal. Finishing directly ahead of him in that race was Furlan, who moves one step up the podium after his bronze in Kazan.

34-year-old Evgenii Drattcev of Russia, who has four World Championship medals over his long career including a bronze in this event from 2013, won bronze again for his 5th career medal in a time of 5:02:49.80.

Defending champ Simone Ruffini was just behind for 4th in 5:02:53.10, and then there was a large gap to 5th place where American Chip Peterson (5:03:43.00) came in. Following him was Hungary’s Gergely Gyurta, who’s known for competing in the distance events in the pool and will be in action next week at the Danube Arena in the 800 free and 400 IM.

Three swimmers did not finish: American Simon Lamar, Hungarian Olympian Kristof Rasovszky, and France’s Logan Fontaine, who was among the four that won gold yesterday in the team event.

Men’s 25km Final Results

  1. Axel Reymond, FRA, 5:02:46.40
  2. Matteo Furlan, ITA, 5:02:47.00
  3. Evgenii Drattcev, RUS, 5:02:49.80
  4. Simone Ruffini, ITA, 5:02:53.10
  5. Chip Peterson, USA, 5:03:43.00
  6. Gergely Gyurta, HUN, 5:04:00.70
  7. Vitaliy Khudyakov, KAZ, 5:04:36.10
  8. Sergey Bolshakov, RUS, 5:04:49.80
  9. Marcel Schouten, NED, 5:04:53.00
  10. Andreas Waschburger, GER, 5:06:14.10

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Hater of swimvortex
5 years ago

France four golds in open water, not bad at all. How many countries can win four golds in the pool?

Human Ambition
Reply to  Hater of swimvortex
5 years ago

They are very very good. They chose to train instead of going to the last World Cup. Given that a guy like Axel did swim 270,000 in 11 days training might be just as important than racing.

Reply to  Hater of swimvortex
5 years ago

US for sure
Sjostrom Country
Hungary (Men 200 Fly + up to 4 to Katinka).
JPN (Both Men IM/200 breast Male/Female)
Russia (3 Female Breast Medal/Men 200 back)
Can´t see any other country that can rake 4 Individual Gold..

Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

ledecky… 200, 400 800 1500….

Reply to  lilaswimmer
5 years ago

I´ve already added US on the first line (That includes Ledecky..)

Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

You have a Japanese woman winning the 200br?

I’d go with you on Sweden, Hungary, US.

Ex Quaker
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Kaneto is no joke.

Reply to  Ex Quaker
5 years ago

She hasn’t raced since October, and is currently considering retirement

Reply to  Wallaby
5 years ago

Aoki might surprise too..

To add GBR could go for 2 X Peaty, 1 ou 2 x Guy (200/400), maybe Scott and with a smaller chance Ulyett and Siobhan if Katinka is tired..

Reply to  Ex Quaker
5 years ago

Think Aoki (2.23) is their number 1 in Budapest.

Reply to  Hater of swimvortex
5 years ago

Four golds and six medals. Great.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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