Kristof Rasovszky Wins First Gold Medal of 2019 World Aquatics Championships

2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships – Open Water

  • July 13th-19th, 2019
  • Yeosu Expo Ocean Park, South Korea
  • Results

The Hungarians, hosts of the last edition of the World Championships, picked up the first medals of the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships this week at the Yeosu Expo Ocean Park. 22-year old Kristof Rasovszky won the men’s 5km race on Saturday morning in South Korea, backing up his win in the same at last year’s European Championships (where he also won the 25km race and took silver in the premier 10km race).

Rasovszky pushed the pace early before settling in to the pack on the 5th lap (out of 9), allowing Logan Fontaine to take the lead. He never lost touch with the pack, though, and on the penultimate lap, he opened up a big lead on the field (4 seconds), and inched away for a comfortable 10.1 second win.

This outcome is the largest margin of victory since the 2001 World Championships, when Italy’s Luca Baldini won by 54 seconds. Since then, all races have been decided by 2 seconds or less. The time is also the fastest-ever 5km swim at the World Championships.

Fontaine faded hard on the 8th lap, back to 10th place; but the final lap, aside from Rasovszky running away from the field, was wild. Fontaine and Hedlin charged to the front late to take the minor podium spots.

This race was missing a number of the biggest open water stars in the world – primarily because the upcoming men’s 10km race on Tuesday is an Olympic selection event. None of the 3 medalists from the 2017 World Championships in this race even raced on Saturday.

The Americans Michael Brinegar and Brennan Gravley finished 12th and 14th, respectively, at 15.0 and 15.7 seconds behind the winner Rasovszky. The United States has only won 1 medal in the 11 editions of the 5km race at the FINA World Championships: a silver from Chip Peterson in 2005.

Top 10 Finishers:

  1. Kristof Rasovszky, Hungary – 53:22.1
  2. Logan Fontaine, France – +10.1
  3. Eric Hedlin, Canada – +10.3
  4. Matej Kozubek, Czech Republic – +11.5
  5. Domenico Acerenza, Italy – +11.9
  6. Daniel Szekelyi, Hungary – +12.3
  7. Bailey Armstrong, Australia – +12.7
  8. Kirill Abrosimov, Russsia – +13.4
  9. Hayden Cotter, Australia – +13.4
  10. Guillem Pujol, Spain – +13.7

Medals Table – Open Water Swimming

Gold Silver Bronze Total
Hungary 1 0 0 1
France 0 1 0 1
Canada 0 0 1 1

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Dcswim
2 years ago

This is tangential, but what if the NCAA had an open water season like there’s a cross country season? CSCAA OW Nats is fun and a nice break in the monotony, but how cool would it be to see All-Americans in the 5k or 10k?

tkrisz
2 years ago

This is the fastest 5km ever at an Aquatics World Champ. Do someone know the best open water time ever for 5km?

Swimmer
Reply to  tkrisz
2 years ago

There is no official world record because conditions (waves, current, water temperature or even miscalculated distance) may vary.

Eagleswim
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

For instance, there are open water swims that are done entirely downriver which are extremely quick

Samuel Huntington
2 years ago

That’s 10:40 or so per 1000. That is incredible

Lane 8
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
2 years ago

or 8:32 per 800 or 1:04 per 100. Very good!

Human Ambition
Reply to  Lane 8
2 years ago

Cloudy, 74C (air) 74C (water).
Wind 1-2 m/s SSE. Still water.
Humidity 79%.

MarkB
Reply to  Human Ambition
2 years ago

74C for air and water!?! They would be dead!

Catherine
Reply to  Lane 8
2 years ago

light drizzle

Taa
Reply to  Lane 8
2 years ago

The announcer said they moved the start time up to avoid the heat and humidity. The swim was in a harbor and not open water really

ABC def
2 years ago

Why are these races so close?

DLSwim
Reply to  ABC def
2 years ago

Cause of drafting

Backstrokebro
Reply to  ABC def
2 years ago

A combination of drafting and mentality. Swimming on someone’s tail (see ‘08 400 free relay) gets you a wave, which makes it ~7%~ easier to swim. It’s also so hard swimming for that long, in open water, with no one at all around you. They tend to pack up, just like cycling or a cross country race

William Wallace
2 years ago

There were 3 laps and 3 timing gates per lap. Not 9 laps lol.

tkrisz
2 years ago

The broadcast was very poor. We did not know how far is the finish line during the last minutes, it suddenly appeared. The broadcaster missed the race for the silver medal. No information on the minor rankings for several minutes.

Torchbearer
Reply to  tkrisz
2 years ago

Oh dear….its might be a long couple of weeks….

Charlie
Reply to  tkrisz
2 years ago

The commentator actually said the leader did a few backstroke strokes to “make it easier on himself”. And that they had “obstacles” on the course, not buoys. You know, American Ninja style… *sigh*

Dan
Reply to  Charlie
2 years ago

Was this on FINA.TV?

Charlie
Reply to  Dan
2 years ago

I saw it on the Olympic Channel (US) – but I think it was British origin. I’m thrilled they even showed it, but it’s going to be hard to build an audience for open water if even the commentator doesn’t know what’s going on.

Taa
Reply to  tkrisz
2 years ago

The finish for second was missed by the production people, that was really the only screw up. The announcer was good and knowledgeable he commented that he ate breakfast with the head race official who was American. Kristof destroyed the field at the end and was really dominant. I didn’t watch the whole thing, I skipped ahead many times, they could have used another announcer to interview the swimmers at the end and maybe some coaches while the race was going on.

13 % Chinese person
2 years ago

Aussie boys did well . The last time I looked Bailey was like 13.

Human Ambition
Reply to  13 % Chinese person
2 years ago

He is still in his adolescence

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  Human Ambition
2 years ago

20 is the new 15. . Its what we have achieved in western civilisation ..

MarkSzeman
2 years ago

http://www.nemzetisport.hu/data/cikk/2/71/11/81/cikk_2711181/1200rasokeretes_960px.jpg

After the race and Epic first Gold. The Story that should get highlighted. A Brazilian journalist, after hearing about Ibrahim’s struggle to get the event, asked Kristóf if he would say a few words to the Sudani athlete. (rough translation of what Kristóf said)
“Do you remember what they said before the race? Whomever participates here, and finishes the distance, are all champions, regardless of their position. You are also a champion”
After he put his gold medal in the young Sudanis neck.

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