Rio 2016 10km Silver medalist Rachele Bruni is moving to train in Brazil under Kiko Klasser at Grêmio Náutico União in Porto Alegre. She is leaving Italian open-water national coach Fabrizio Antonelli in her native Italy.
Bruni is an eight-time European Open Water Swimming Championships gold medalist, three-time World Championship medalist, and was the first Italian woman to win the FINA Open Water World Series (winning in both 2015 and 2016). She followed up her back-to-back World Series victories with a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in the 10km. Bruni had a disappointing Tokyo campaign, finishing in 14th.
Klasser also coaches Viviane Jungblut, the Brazilian national record holder in the 400m, 800m, and 1500m pool events. Jungblut is a rising star in open-water swimming as well, having earned a bronze at the Pan-American games in 2019 in the 10km. Jungblut also represented Brazil at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the pool, finishing 20th in the 1500m and 24th in the 800m. Bruni’s experience will certainly help build Jungblut, and Jungblut will help to push Bruni.
Brazil is quickly becoming a power in open water swimming. Along with the dominating gold medal performance of Ana Marcela Cunha in the 10km at Tokyo, they have also attracted Spanish open water Olympian Alberto Martinez (18th in the 10km at Tokyo) to train in Brazil this year (under Cunha’s coach Fernando Possenti at Comitê Olímpico do Brasil). Cunha won the 10km at Tokyo, finishing almost 3 minutes ahead of Bruni.