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European Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, Piombino (ITA) – Summary

Italy, Hungary, France capture two titles apiece

Italy, Hungary and France hunted down the individual titles at the European Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Piombino (ITA), while the relay golds went to Germany and Spain. The host nation finished atop on the medal table with an amazing 11 podium finishes.

Italian swimmers produced a tremendous weekend at the junior open water Europeans in Piombino. Swimming in the wavy waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the host youngsters amassed 11 medals – 24 were on offer –, though the distribution of the titles was more balanced.

In the ‘king category’, the 10km race – for juniors aged 18-19 – Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky added the European gold to his treasury, already featuring the world title from July. He built a 10sec gap over Germany’s Florian Wellbrock and was more than two minutes faster than Italy’s Andrea Manzi, also bronze medallist at the Worlds. Two-time junior European champion Alisia Tettamanzi (ITA) captured a third gold among the women, gaining 3.07min over her chasers, the largest winning margin in all events.

Over 7.5km, for competitors aged 16-17, France’s Logan Fontaine also made the World-European double, though this contest went down to the closest finish of all as he edged out Russia’s Iaroslav Potapopov by 0.3sec. Among the girls, Hungary’s Janka Juhasz managed to pass Spain’s world title-holder Paula Ruiz in the last metres and won by two seconds.

Among the youngest ones (14-15 years old) Frenchman Jean Baptiste Clusman earned a convincing win in the 5km race, ahead of his Italian rivals, while the girls’ race saw an Italy v Spain battle, two swimmers apiece from these two nations hit the panel almost at once with Italian Giulia Salin touching in first.

In the closing relays – staged in a new format, 4x1250m relays involving two boys and two girls in two age-groups – even more excitement was to come. The first event for the younger ones (14-16 years old) was a three-horse race where Spain was just 0.6sec faster than the Hungarians, Italy came a further 2.1sec adrift. In the open category (U19) Germany ruled the field, they were 1.21min faster than the rest, but the fight for the silver was another tight one, the Italians managed to touch the panel 0.1sec ahead of the Spaniards.

Thus Italy managed to earn at least one medal in all eight events and finished with 11, topping the medal chart and clinching the Team Trophy, Hungary came second in both.

Junior Open Water European Champoinships, Piombino

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Medal table

              G         S          B         T

ITALY         2          2          7        11

HUNGARY       2          1          0         3

FRANCE        2          0          0         2

SPAIN         1          2          1         4

GERMANY       1          1          0         2

RUSSIA        0          2          0         2


Team Trophy


  1. ITALY         214
  2. HUNGARY       185
  3. RUSSIA        160
  4. SPAIN         139
  5. FRANCE        124
  6. GERMANY        90
  8. ISRAEL         69
  9. NETHERLANDS    35
  10. GREECE         32
  11. CROATIA        30
  13. SWITZERLAND    20
  14. TURKEY         11
  15. POLAND          9
  16. UKRAINE         6
  17. DENMARK         4
  18. CYPRUS          2
  19. SWEDEN          1
  20. BELGIUM         1
  21. SLOVAKIA        1