Historic triumph for Italy in the men's 5km

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Historic triumph for Italy in the men’s 5km
Balatonfured (pps) Italy’s open water swimmers celebrated a historic triumph at the European Open Water Swimming Championships at Balatonfured in Hungary when they achieved a clean sweep in the men’s 5km – the first ever in the history of the Continental event in open water swimming. Luca Ferretti was the last starter in the time trial but the fastest at the finish in 58:48.4 minutes. Simone Ercoli finished runner-up in 59:00.5min. Simone Ruffini shared the bronze medal with defending champion Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece) in 59:15.9min.

LEN President Nory Kruchten (Luxembourg) and FINA President Julio Maglione (Uruguay) were among the spectators of the race in Lake Balaton. They awarded the medals at the victory ceremony.

European Championships in Open Water Swimming were introduced in 1989. The first three events were held separately. Open Water Swimming has been on the programme of the European Championships together with Swimming, Diving and Synchronised Swimming since 1995 in Vienna.