Bridi and Ruffini crowned 2017 FINA/HOSA World Cup winners

Italy have claimed a double victory in the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup, with Simone Ruffini and Arianna Bridi crowned series winners after points were totted up following last weekend’s final race in Hong Kong – despite Ruffini only finishing in seventh place in Hong Kong.

In the men’s race on Saturday 21 October, Rob Muffels of Germany touched home first in 1h53m10s4, while Olympic champion Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands was second in 1h53m11s1. Allan do Carmo of Brazil completed the podium in a time of 1h53m11s2. But that couldn’t stop Ruffini retaining his 2016 crown of overall series winner with 85 points, beating Do Carmo and Italian teammate Federico Vanelli, who managed to score 78 points each over the seven-race circuit.

In the women’s race, Bridi pressed home her domination of the circuit by winning the race in Hong Kong in 2h02m12s6, narrowly beating Ana Marcela Cunha (2h02m12s7) of Brazil. Germany’s Finnia Wunram completed the podium in 2h02m14s7.

Bridi scored 124 points over the year to be awarded series winner. Cunha claimed second position in the overall ranking with 102 points and Italy’s Rachele Bruni was third with 98 points.

The full 2017 rankings are available here.

Image: HKASA

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Jonathan is a year-round skins swimmer with a particular love of very cold water. He has competed in ice swimming competitions around the world. He is a qualified open water coach with a particular love of introducing new swimmers to the open water.