Italy Tops Team 5k Podium At 2021 European Championships

2021 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Monday, May 10th – Sunday, May 23rd
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Artistic – Diving – Open Water – Swimming
  • Event Site
  • 5k Recap
  • 10k Recap

The Italian team made up of Rachele Bruni, Giulia Gabbrielleschi, Gregorio Paltrinieri, and Domenico Acerenza swam to victory in the 5k team event at the 2021 European Championships. The event was the third open water race of the Championships following the men’s and women’s 5k and 10k races earlier this week.

Leonie Beck was back in the water for the race after having scratched the individual 10k due to a non-COVID-19 related illness. She, Lea Boy, Rob Muffels, and Florian Wellbrock swam to silver while Réka Rohács, Anna Olasz, Dávid Betlehem, and Kristóf Rasovszky swam the event for Hungary, taking bronze. France, Russia, and the Czech Republic were 4th, 5th, and 6th as the only other teams to compete in the event.

Rank Nation Competitors Time
1 Italy Rachele Bruni
Giulia Gabbrielleschi
Gregorio Paltrinieri
Domenico Acerenza
54:09.0
2 Germany Lea Boy
Leonie Beck
Rob Muffels
Florian Wellbrock
54:18.0
3 Hungary Réka Rohács
Anna Olasz
Dávid Betlehem
Kristóf Rasovszky
54:18.5
4 France Océane Cassignol
Lara Grangeon
Logan Fontaine
Marc-Antoine Olivier
54:18.7
5 Russia Anastasiya Kirpichnikova
Denis Adeev
Ekaterina Sorokina
Kirill Abrosimov
56:03.2
6 Czech Republic Martin Straka
Alena Benešová
Vít Ingeduld
Julie Pleskotová
57:42.4

The swim is an improvement for Italy upon their 5th place finish at the 2018 European Championships where they lost out to the Netherlands (gold), Germany (silver), France (bronze), and Great Britain (4th). Gabbrielleschi was the only swimmer to compete in the team event for Italy at both 2018 and 2021 as Martina De Memme, Matteo Furlan, and Mauro Sanzullo joined her in the 2018 version of the event.

Back in 2019, the exact same Italian contingent that just won gold in Hungary (Bruni, Gabbrielleschi, Paltrinieri, and Acerenza) won silver to Germany at the 2019 World Championships in the team 5k.

This win marks Paltrinieri’s third gold medal of this meet, having taking gold in both the 5k and 10k individual men’s events. Additionally, it’s Gabbrielleschi and Bruni’s second medal as they picked up silver in the 5k and bronze in the 10k, respectively.

OPEN WATER MEDAL TABLE AFTER 10K

RANK NATION GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
1 Italy 3 1 2 6
2 Netherlands 2 0 0 2
3 France 0 2 1 3
4
5
Hungary 0 1 1 2
Germany 0 1 1 2

OVERALL MEDAL TABLE AFTER 10K

RANK NATION GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
1 Russia 10 4 2 16
2 Ukraine 5 4 2 11
3 Italy 5 3 6 15
4 Germany 3 2 4 9
5 Netherlands 2 0 0 2
6 Great Britain 1 3 1 5
7 Spain 0 3 1 4
8 France 0 2 1 3
Greece 0 2 1 3
10 Belarus 0 1 2 3
Hungary 0 1 2 3
12 Switzerland 0 1 0 1
13 Austria 0 0 2 2
14 Israel 0 0 1 1
Sweden 0 0 1 1

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