Olivier Wins The First Gold of the Championships In Men’s 5k OW


After preliminary diving and synchro action kicked off the 2017 FINA World Championships on Friday, the first medals were on the line Saturday as the men’s 5k Open Water event took place.

In what sometimes becomes a wild sprint finish from a large pack of swimmers, especially in this the shorter 5k distance, the sprint for gold came down between two men.

France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier and Italy’s Mario Sanzullo had broken from the pack, and were alone as they sprinted for gold. Olivier got there first, registering a time of 54:31.40 to win the first gold medal of these World Championships. Olivier was the bronze medalist last summer in the Olympic 10k. Sanzullo was half a second behind for silver in 54:32.10.

Great Britain’s Timothy Shuttleworth managed to break free of a large group at the end of the race to snag bronze, ten seconds back in 54:42.10. Shuttleworth holds long course personal bests of 3:48.06, 7:50.52, and 14:55.68 in the distance freestyle events in the pool, so it’s no surprise he had some speed to close the race.

Russian Kirill Abrosimov toook 4th, Brazilian Fernando Ponte was 5th, and Andrea Manzi made it two Italians in the top 6.

Sanzullo and American David Heron were the only two two who finished in the top 10 in Kazan who managed to do it again in Budapest. Sanzullo moved up from 8th to his silver, while Heron was 10th after finishing 6th in Kazan.

Take a look at the top 10 below:

  1. Marc-Antoine Olivier, FRA, 54:31.40
  2. Mario Sanzullo, ITA, 54:32.10
  3. Timothy Shuttleworth, GBR, 54:42.10
  4. Kirill Abrosimov, RUS, 54:45.90
  5. Fernando Ponte, BRA, 54:47.10
  6. Andrea Manzi, ITA, 54:47.60
  7. Kristof Rasovszky, HUN, 54:47.60
  8. Logan Fontaine, FRA, 54:47.90
  9. Vitaliy Khudyakov, KAZ, 54:48.10
  10. David Heron, USA, 54:48.20

Among other notable names, South Africa’s Chad Ho, the defending champion, was 11th in 54:48.60. The other American, Andrew Gemmell, was 17th (54:59.30), and Australian Jack McLoughlin was 23rd (55:05.80). McLoughlin will be competing in the pool next week in the 800 and 1500.

The women’s 10k will take place tomorrow at 10 AM local time.

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5 years ago

Repeat for Aurelie Mueller. Very happy for her after the Rio robbery

IMs for days
5 years ago

I find it amazing how these 90 or 120 or 300 minute races somehow come down to tenths, or sometimees even hundreths of seconds. It shows how tatical these race are.

Reply to  IMs for days
5 years ago

I don’t know the OW rules how they differentiate between two places when the times are the same. E.g. 6th and 7th places. Hundreds, in this case why not written? Photo finish? Somebody could help.

5 years ago

Of all the medal winners, the Frenchman had the balls, well deserved gold and a real threat over 10k too. Props to Shuttleworth after a disappointing trials 1500m.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Aurélie Muller world gold 2 years ago
Marc-Antoine Olivier today
Sharon Van Rouwendaal olympic champion last year
I don’t even talk about Laure Manaudou.
And some people still dare to criticize my methods? 😆
Even Amaury “hamburger” Leveaux has thanked me after London. And yet, he hated me more than once in training…. 😆

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5 years ago

Philippe Lucas on swimswam. Who would’ve thought ?!

Ex Quaker
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5 years ago

This is either a huge revelation or the greatest troll of all time.

Reply to  Ex Quaker
5 years ago

Literally, I was going to ask earlier, after the “my swimmer” comment… Brain = Fried

Reply to  Ex Quaker
5 years ago

Think it’s an elaborate troll though… I remember commenting on Leveaux once and Bobo saying he didn’t know he had such a fast 1500m lol… Or he may be a master of irony ??

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Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

There is one minor flaw in you posing as Phillipe Lucas. He doesn’t speak english.

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5 years ago


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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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