The first round of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup took place on Saturday 7 February in Viedma, Argentina.
It was a double victory for Italy, with Simone Ruffini winning the men’s race in 1h55m10s28 and Rachelle Bruni taking gold in the women’s race in 2h02m58s35.
Brazilians Allan do Carmo, 2014’s overall winner, and Diogo Villarinho took silver and bronze in the men’s race in 1h55m12s44 and 1h55m16s40 respectively.
In the women’s race, Kristel Kobrich from Chile picked up silver in 2h02m59s25, while Argentinian Cecilia Biagioli finished third in 2h03m09s54.
A total of 86 swimmers (37 women and 49 men) from 20 countries competed in Viedma.
The next race in the 11-stop calendar is the still unconfirmed race in Abu Dhabi on 13 March. The controversial race will only go ahead if a test event taking place on 22 February is deemed to meet safety guidelines.