Gold for Ruffini and Bruni in Hungary

It was a double win for Italy on Saturday, with Simone Ruffini and Rachele Bruni taking gold in the men’s and women’s events in the third leg of the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2016  in Lake Balaton in Hungary.

In a strong field containing nine swimmers qualified for the Olympics (including all podium finishers), Ruffini was first to touch in 1h50m25s04. Germany’s Andreas Washburger was silver in 1h50m26s79 and Richard Weinberger of Canada completed the podium in 1h50m27s17.

2015 World Cup series winner Rachele Bruni took gold in the women’s event in 1h59m58s01. Silver went to Haley Anderson of the USA in 2h00m09s81 and Isabelle Harle (Germany) took bronze in 2h00m11s54. The thirty-strong field included six swimmers qualified for the Olympics, including Bruni, Anderson and Harle.

Interviews with the top three men finishers.

Interviews with top three women finishers.

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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.