Italy’s Simone Ruffini & Rachele Bruni Take OW Honors in Balatonfured

The Italian open water swimmers swept the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Balatonfüred, Hungary today. Simone Ruffini took the top honors on the men’s side in 1:50:26, while Rachele Bruni won the women’s event in 1:59:59.

Ruffini, who scored seventh in this event at last year’s FINA World Championships, took the win in a close race against Andreas Washburger of Germany, Richard Weinberger of Canada, and the USA’s Sean Ryan. Ruffini, Weinberger, and Ryan will all be competing in this event in Rio.

Meanwhile, Bruni came in 11 seconds ahead of the field, outswimming the United States’ Haley AndersonGermany’s Isabelle Harle, Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha. Bruni finished fourth at the FINA World Championships in Kazan last year, securing her place on the psych sheet for Rio.

The (unofficial) results are below.

Men’s Race:

  1. Simone Ruffini, Italy: 1:50:26
  2. Andreas Washburger, Germany: 1:50:27
  3. Richard Weinberger, Canada: 1:50:28
  4. Sean Ryan, USA: 1:50:29
  5. Kristoff Rasovszky, Hungary: 1:50:36
  6. Soren Meissner, Germany: 1:50:41
  7. Chip Peterson, USA: 1:50:42
  8. Diogo Villarinho, Brazil: 1:50:45
  9. Federico Venelli, Italy: 1:50:45
  10. Ivan Enderica Ochoa: 1:50:47

Women’s Race:

  1. Rachele Bruni, Italy: 1:59:59
  2. Haley Anderson, USA: 2:00:10
  3. Isabelle Harle, Germany: 2:00:12
  4. Ana Marcela Cunha, Brazil: 2:00:12
  5. Anna Olasz, Hungary: 2:00:14
  6. Poliana Okimoto Cintra, Brazil: 2:00:14
  7. Yumi Kida, Japan: 2:00:15
  8. Eva Risztov, Hungary: 2:00:17
  9. Svenja Zihsler, Germany: 2:00:18
  10. Emily Brunemann, USA: 2:00:54

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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