Rasovszky and Beck crown season
Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky and Germany’s Leonie Beck won the respective overall titles of the LEN European Open Water Swimming Cup. They arrived as overall leaders and secured their triumphs by finishing atop in the final as well, in Lake Bracciano (ITA).
Kristof Rasovszky sealed his outstanding season with another sound victory. The Magyar open water swimmer’s constant development is mirrored by his achievements which has been tremendous in the past two seasons. The Hungarian won the junior world and European gold in 10km last year and came up with a brilliant performance in his first full senior season in 2017. He won the first three races in the European Cup, added two World Cup crowns, had top 10 finishes in the World Championships and crowned his match by clinching the overall title of the European Cup.
In Bracciano he came first on Day 1 in his favourite 10km, placing himself to a winning position and even though he finished runner-up on Sunday over 5km, his win in the final was never in danger. His combined time in the two races, which determined the rankings in the final event, was five seconds better than title-holder Dario Verani’s effort who . It meant that Rasovszky won the overall with the maximum points, way ahead of Italy’s Alessio Occhipinti whose fourth position in the final placed him ahead of Germany’s Christian Reichert since in case of equal points scored in the overall, the better result in the final decides.
Leonie Beck did even better than the male winner as she made the 10km-5km double in Bracciano this weekend, also collecting the maximum points to finish atop in the overall and get the winner’s check on 3,500 euros. Beck won a thrilling race on the first day out-touching Italy’s Ginevra Taddeucci by 0.1sec, while her other great rival Katalin Somenek came third with further 0.5sec adrift.
t promised some further excitements in the 5km but Beck withheld the pressure from Taddeucci and came first again, this time she had a winning margin of 0.3sec ahead of the Italian. Taddeucci could be still happy as her second place in the final put her second in the overall too: she had the better placement in Bracciano and that favoured her over Hungary’s Somenek whom she finished on equal points with.
The newly shaped European Cup, involving new locations and offering €21,000 in prize money, proved to be a great success, preparations for next season are already under way in order to ensure a great racing environment for the participants.
LEN European Open Water Swimming Cup, Final Rankings – (based on combined times clocked in 10km and 5km)
- Kristof Rasovszky HUN 2:50:38.6 40 points
- Dario Verani ITA 2:50:43.9 34
- Artem Mamushkin RUS 2:50:45.0 30
- Alessio Occhipinti ITA 2:50:46.9 28
- Christian Reichert GER 2:50:57.5 26
- Leonie Beck GER 3:07:15.0 40
- Ginevra Taddeucci ITA 3:07:15.4 34
- Katalin O. Somenek HUN 3:07:18.2 30
- Martina Caramignoli ITA 3:07:20.0 28
- Nikoletta Szilagyi HUN 3:48:06.7 26
Overall – final rankings
- Rasovszky Kristof HUN 80 – €3,500
- Alessio Occhipinti ITA 55 – €3,000
- Christian Reichert GER 55 – €2,000
- Dario Verani ITA 49 – €1,250
- Andrea Bianchi ITA 48 – €750
- Leonie Beck GER 80 – €3,500
- Katalin S. Onon HUN 65 – €3,000
- Ginevra Taddeucci ITA 65 – €2,000
- Nikolett Szilagyi HUN 53 – €1,250
- Martina Caramignoli ITA 28 – €750
2017 European Open Water Swimming Cup – Legs
Leg 1 – Eilat (ISR), 26 March (10km)
Leg 2 – Barcelona (ESP), 1 July (10km)
Leg 3 – Navia (ESP), 5 August (7.5km)
Leg 4 – Copenhagen (DEN), 25 August (6km)
Final – Bracciano (ITA), 16-17 September (5 and 10km)