Budapest 2022: 1500m world champion Paltrinieri strikes second gold in open water. Great Britain continue European diving dominance
In Budapest, Gregorio Paltrinieri never stops writing pages upon pages of history for Italian and world
swimming. This time the race of the feat was the men's 10km open water, where the Italian multi-medallist
earned his second world championships gold medal, after the one he won in the men’s 1500m freestyle in
the pool, and his fourth world podium in the five events he entered (silver in the men’s 5km and bronze in
the 4×1500m relay). The 27-year-old swimmer finished first in 1:50:56.80, achieving a historic double in the
distance with his training partner Domenico Acerenza (1:50:58.20). Together they withstood the strokes of
German 5km world champion Florian Wellbrock, who led until the last kilometre, but then had to settle for
bronze with a time of 1:51:11.20.
“It is a dream to be with Domenico on the podium,” Paltrinieri said. “It is the most beautiful achievement that could happen to us. After my fourth place in the 800m, I thought I would come home with zero medals and instead I got four. I am really happy. Now the next event for everyone will be in Rome (in August). It will be an amazing competition, in a home atmosphere, with the strongest swimmers in Europe.”
The European teams continue to dominate open water swimming, also in the women's events. In the
women's 10 km it is Dutch Sharon Van Rouwendaal who took gold in 2:02:29.20. Germany's Leonie Beck who, after gold in the 4×1500 relay, finished behind her touching the plate in 2:02:29.70. Brazil's Ana
Marcela Cunha completed the podium with third place (2:02:29.90).
At the Duna Arena in the Hungarian capital where the diving competition is taking place, Great Britain confirmed their position as the best team in Europe. After claiming silver in the men's synchro 3m springboard with Anthony Harding, Jack Laugher got also on the second step of the podium in the individual 3-metre event, scoring 473.30. Another second place (427.71) came with the British pair Matthew Lee and Noah Williams in the men’s synchro 10m platform behind the unstoppable Chinese Hao Yang and Junjie Lian.
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