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European Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, Marseille (FRA) – Summary

France and Hungary enjoy a great weekend

Four titles for France, seven medals and the Championship Trophy for Hungary – the young competitors representing these two nations ruled the field at the European Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Marseille. And a Hungarian, Kristof Rasovszky made a unique triple among the seniors in Navia (ESP) by winning his third race in as many legs in the European Open Water Swimming Cup.

Host France took half of the gold medals on offer during the three-day junior Europeans staged at the coast of Marseille. Two of those wins came by no surprise: Oceane Cassignol touched in first among in the women’s 7.5km race while Logan Fontaine clinched the 10km title among the men – the two winners were part of France’s senior world champion team relay at the big showcase three weeks ago in Balatonfured (HUN).

Neither of these victories was easy, though. Fontaine found himself in a neck-to-neck battle with Italy’s Pasquale Sanzullo who hit the touchpad 0.7sec behind. In this regard, the current season wasn’t too lucky for the Sanzullo brothers as the older, Mario lost to another Frenchman, Marc-Antoine Olivier by the very same margin in the 5km event at the World Championships…

As for Cassignol, she won by the tiniest margin in the meet, only 0.2sec separated her and Germany’s Lea Boy.

The Hungarians had an outstanding meet, they launched their campaign by a 1-2 finish in the boys’ 5km race and the women’s crown of the ‘king category’ also landed in their hands, courtesy of Melinda Novoszath who earned a fine win in the 10km. Both their relays ended up on the podium, securing the Championship Trophy for the Magyars while the French topped the medal table.

A Hungarian hit the headlines at the weekend’s top senior event as Kristof Rasovszky made it three out of three in the European Open Water Swimming Cup, winning in Navia (ESP), after Eilat (ISR) and Barcelona (ESP). It was a fantastic race which saw him out-touching Germany’s Soren Meissner by 0.1sec, the smallest margin possible. The Germans had some consolation in the women’s event where Leonie Beck and Svenja Zihsler achieved a 1-2 finish.

European Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, Marseille (FRA)


5km (14-15yrs)


  1. Szilard Gallyassy (HUN)    55:14.50
  2. Zoltan Tabi (HUN)          55:17.30
  3. Ruslan Sadykov (RUS)       55:21.90


  1. Gulia Salin (ITA)         59:11.10
  2. Ekaterina Zolotva (RUS)   59:12.70
  3. Kincso Gal (HUN)          59.22.80

7.5km (16-17yrs)


  1. Clement Batte (FRA)     1:18:55.20
  2. Luca Amura (ITA)        1:19:05.70
  3. David Huszti (HUN)      1:19:20.20


  1. Oceane Cassignol (FRA)  1:25:28.50
  2. Lea Boy (GER)           1:25:28.70
  3. Silvia Ciccarella (ITA) 1:25:37.00

10km (18-19yrs)


  1. Logan Fontaine (FRA)    1:51.57.90
  2. Pasquale Sanzullo (ITA) 1:51.58.60
  3. Arti Krasniqi (GER)     1:52:01.60


  1. Melinda Novoszath (HUN)  2:05:12.10
  2. Jenannette Spiwoks (GER) 2:05:16.10
  3. Lisa Pou (FRA)           2:05:18.20


5km (14-16yrs)

  1. Russia        1:00:01
  2. Hungary       1:00.13
  3. Great Britain 1:00:32

5km (14-19yrs)

  1. France  58:41
  2. Germany 59:22
  3. Hungary 59:46

Medal standings

France           4–0–1  6

Hungary          2–2–3  7

Italy            1–2–1  4

Russia           1–1–1  3

Germany          0–3–1  4

Great Britain    0–0–1  1


Championship Trophy (top 8)

  1. HUNGARY      205
  2. FRANCE       193
  3. RUSSIA       183
  4. ITALY        180
  5. GERMANY      125
  6. SPAIN         99
  7. ISRAEL        49



4 August, Friday

5km – men and women – RESULTS

7.5km – men and women – RESULTS

5 August, Saturday

10km – men and women – RESULTS

6 August, Sunday

5km mixed relay (14-16yrs) RESULTS
5km mixed relay (14-19yrs) – RESULTS