German swimmers swept four of the top six slots to lead the Denmark stop of the European Open Water Cup.
Svenja Zihsler led a 1-2-3 finish for Germany on the women’s side, while the Czech Republic’s Matej Kozubek won the men’s event.
The event marked the first time Denmark has hosted a European Open Water Cup section, and the race took place in the canals around the city of Christiansborg. That’s an ideal setup for spectators, with fans able to watch the duration of the race from a close viewing angle, rather than watching from a distance or on a live video feed as they must when the races happen in ocean settings, or in larger lakes.
The European Open Water Cup is put on by LEN, the European federation that governs swimming and also hosts the LEN European Swimming Championships in pool swimming.
On the women’ side, Zihsler picked up the event win, beating German countrywomen Sarah Bosslet and Finnia Wunram, who were second and third, respectively.
Kozubek won the men’s race, beating yet another German, Rob Muffels, who was second. Third went to Pepijn Smits of the Netherlands.
You can read more about the event (and check out a few photos) on the Danish Swimming website here.