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European Open Water Swimming Championships – Hoorn, 25km Flash Quotes

Men 25km

 

Gold: Axel Reymond (France) – 5:02:22.0 h             

“When we arrived at 17.5 kilometre to the feeding pontoon my coach said, as nobody wished to go in front, that it was my turn. So I took the lead and was suddenly alone at the top. But it was not easier to swim with a great gap at the end. It was very hard and cold out there.”

Silver: Matteo Furlan (Italy) – 5:06:07.5 h

“It was a difficult race for me, just as all other events here. At the beginning of the year I got a virus and missed lots of training sessions. As I finished here 11th in the 10km, to get a silver medal here was absolutely fine. Axel Reymond was very strong today and could not be beaten.”

Bronze: Edoardo Stochino (Italy) – 5:09:19.4 h

“The last two laps, swimming together with the others over the last five km were very fine for me as this is my specialty. I was a pretty good finish at the end of the race and so I’m satisfied with the medal.”

 

Women 25km

Gold: Martina Grimaldi (Italy) – 5:26:47.8 h

“It was a very hard race. I tried two, thee times to go away from the pack, but they always followed me so we were in a fight till the end. When I came to the last 200 meters holding of two-three metres lead I was sure that I would win.”

Silver: Olga Kozydub (Russia) – 5:26:49.8 h

“I liked the race. The first two laps were cold for me, but then I didn’t feel it any longer. I am very happy as this is my first medal in an international event.”

Bronze: Caroline Jouisse (France) – 5:26:50.5 h

“Since this is my first medal at an international championship, I’m very happy and satisfied. At the end it was very cold.”