Lea Boy And Axel Reymond Close Out Open Water Portion of Euros With 25k Gold

2021 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The open water portion of the 2021 European Aquatics Championships has officially ended upon the conclusion of the 25k individual races. The 25k was the last of 4 races which included the individual 5k and 10ks, along with the team 5k event.

Women’s Race

On the women’s side, German’y Lea Boy pulled out the win with a 4:53:57.0 which was just over a minute quicker than Lara Grangeon representing France who was a 4:54:58.4 for silver and Barbara Pozzobon‘s 4:54:58.7 bronze medal performance for Italy.

Rank Swimmer Nationality Time
1 Lea Boy Germany 4:53:57.0
2 Lara Grangeon France 4:54:58.4
3 Barbara Pozzobon Italy 4:54:58.7
4 Kata Sömenek Onon Hungary 4:55:01.8
5 Ekaterina Sorokina Russia 4:57:05.7
6 Elea Linka Germany 4:57:07.6
7 Sofia Kolesnikova Russia 4:57:16.5
8 Luca Vas Hungary 4:59:59.5
9 Veronica Santoni Italy 5:00:27.4
10 Johanna Enkner Austria 5:01:13.1
11 Mariia Novikova Russia 5:02:39.6
Océane Cassignol France Did not finish
Anna Olasz Hungary
Jeannette Spiwoks Germany
Lenka Štěrbová Czech Republic

Boy took gold in the 25k having raced the individual 10k earlier on at the 2021 Championships were she placed 16th overall with a 2:03:49.4. Boy also raced as a part of Germany’s contingent in the team 5k, taking silver to Italy with teammates Leonie Beck, Rob Muffels, and Florian Wellbrock.

25k silver medalist Lara Grangeon on the other hand has raced all 4 of the open water races this week for France. She finished just off the individual 5k podium with a 58:56.4 for 4th place and contributed to France’s 4th place finish in the team 5k along with teammates Océane Cassignol, Logan Fontaine, and Marc-Antoine Olivier. Grangeon was the only swimmer to contest the 25k who is qualified to race at the Tokyo Olympics, having placed 4th to earn a spot in the race at the 2019 World Championships.

Barabara Pozzobon took bronze in the 25k, accounting for her second event of the championships. Earlier on in the week she swam to a 9th place finish in the 5k with a 59:00.4.

Neither of the top 2 finishers in the 25k at the 2018 Championships were present during this year’s race as 2018 victor Arianna Bridi didn’t race this year in Budapest and 2018 silver medalist Sharon van Rouwendaal opted not to race the event. Van Rouwendaal did, however, claimed gold in both the 5k and 10k individual events.

Notably, 5k bronze medalist Océane Cassignol and 10k silver medalist Anna Olasz are both listed among those who did not finish the 2021 Chamnpionships 25k race.

Men’s Race

On the men’s side of the race, Axel Reymond swam to a victorious 4:35:59.8 for France while Matteo Furlan followed with a 4:36:05.1 for Italy. Russia’s Kirill Abrosimov rounded out the podium with a 4:36:06.2 for third.

Rank Swimmer Nationality Time
1 Axel Reymond France 4:35:59.8
2 Matteo Furlan Italy 4:36:05.1
3 Kirill Abrosimov Russia 4:36:06.2
4 Alessio Occhipinti Italy 4:36:12.0
5 Lars Bottelier Netherlands 4:36:17.9
6 Simone Ruffini Italy 4:36:18.1
7 Ruslan Sadykov Russia 4:37:13.4
8 Péter Gálicz Hungary 4:37:32.7
9 Evgenij Pop Acev North Macedonia 4:37:34.0
10 Dávid Huszti Hungary 4:38:37.0
11 Martin Straka Czech Republic 4:39:56.0
12 Matěj Kozubek Czech Republic 4:40:44.9
13 Niklas Frach Germany 4:46:43.6
  Evgeny Drattsev Russia Did Not Finish
Jules Wallart France

This was Axel Reymond‘s second race of the championships and was an improvement upon his 7th place finish in the 10k where he swam a 1:51:49.6. Reymond’s result is also better than his performance at the 2018 European Championships where he was left off the podium, swimming a 4:58:03.4 for 4th place.

Back in 2018, Kristóf Rasovszky won gold in the 25k for Hungary while Russia’s Kirill Belyaev took silver for Russia. 2021 silver medalist Matteo Furlan was bronze back in 2018 for Italy.

While the 25k was Matteo Furlan‘s first race of the 2021 Championships, Abrosimov previously raced the 5k and 10k individually and placed 8th overall with a 55:50.2 in the 5k and 15th with a 1:52.07.9 in the 10k

Now that all open water races have concluded, Italy sits atop the open water medal table with a total of 8 medals while the Netherlands is second with 2 golds and France follows with 1 gold, 3 silvers, and a brone.

OPEN WATER MEDAL TABLE AFTER 25k (FINAL)

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Italy 3 2 3 8
2 Netherlands 2 0 0 2
3 France 1 3 1 5
4 Germany 1 1 1 3
5 Hungary 0 1 1 2
6 Russia 0 0 1 1

OVERALL MEDAL TABLE AFTER 25K

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Russia 11 4 5 20
2 Italy 5 5 7 17
3 Ukraine 5 4 2 11
4 Germany 5 2 4 11
5 Netherlands 2 0 0 2
6 Great Britain 1 4 1 6
7 France 1 3 1 5
8 Spain 0 3 1 4
9 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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