French Marc-Antoine Olivier wins men's 5km open water event at FINA Worlds

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-15 19:31:28|Editor: Yurou Liang
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BALATONFURED, Hungary, July 15 (Xinhua) -- French swimmer Marc-Antoine Olivier won the men's 5km open water event with a time of 54 minutes 31.40 seconds at the 17th FINA World Championships on Saturday in Balatonfured, western Hungary.

Olivier beat Mario Sanzullo of Italy who snared silver medal in 54 minutes 32.10 seconds. British swimmer Timothy Shuttleworth took bronze with 54 minutes 42.10 seconds.

Olivier specializes in long-distance open water events. At the 2015 World Aquatics Championships he finished 6th in the 10km open water. He won the bronze medal in the 10km open water marathon at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Kirill Abrosimov of Russia was fourth. Fernando Ponte of Brazil, Andrea Manzi of Italy, Kristof Rasovszky of Hungary and Logan Fontaine placed fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.

Defending champion Chad Ho of South African placed only eleventh with 54 munutes 48.60 seconds.

Two Chinese swimmers attended the event. Zhang Zibin placed 44th, while Liu Shuyi placed 52nd. Hong Kong swimmer Chin Ting Keith Sin placed 51st.

The 17th FINA World Championships run from July 14 to 30, with the open water discipline staged in Balatonfured 130km southwest to Budapest.