Doha 2024: Logan Fontaine heads French 1-2 in men’s 5k; Gold for Sharon van Rouwendaal and Giorgio Minisini

Credit to: Istvan Derencsenyi/World Aquatics

Logan Fontaine led home Marc-Antoine Olivier for a French 1-2 as Europe enjoyed a clean sweep of the men’s 5k podium at the World Championships in Doha.

Gregorio Paltrinieri led going into the final straight but the pack bore down on the Italian with Fontaine charging through in the final metres to take the touch in 51:29.3.

Olivier was just 0.03 behind in 51.29.6 with Italian Domenico Acerenza third in 51:30.0 as 0.7secs separated the first three home.

It was a second silver medal at Old Doha Port for Olivier following the 10k in which Fontaine was fourth with both men booking quota spots for a home Olympics in Paris.

Credit to: Istvan Derencsenyi/World Aquatics

After claiming his first individual world title, Fontaine said: “To see two French guys on the podium makes me feel more confident before the relay tomorrow (mixed 4x1500m relay).

“Marc won a medal at 10k and I wanted to do it too.

“It is also a good thing before Paris. So at this moment I feel very cool.

“For this moment, I try to relax a bit and work on the pressure before the Olympics in my home country. I will take that just like another competition.”

Credit to: Istvan Derencsenyi/World Aquatics

In the women’s race, Sharon van Rouwendaal came from a body-length down with 150m remaining to charge past Chelsea Gubecka and add the 5k gold to her 10k title.

Van Rouwendaal made a late move on the outside, going on to the Australian’s shoulder before moving away to finish in 57:33.9.

The Netherlands swimmer, who will travel to Paris in search of her third straight Olympic medal, said: “I did not expect to win another gold because I was so focused on the 10k and I felt very tired mentally after the 10k.

“The body was quite good – the arms just had some problems and some issues with my hip and my leg in the last days.

“So I was like: let’s see when I’m in the water and when I was in the water, I was surprised I was in the front.

“I told myself: let’s just try something. And I took the risk and it has paid off.”

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Giorgio Minisini won his first individual world title when he claimed the Men’s Solo Free in the artistic swimming.

The Italian’s routine had the highest degree of difficulty in the field and he executed it superbly to score 210.1355 and add gold to his Solo Technical silver.

Defending champion Dennis Gonzalez Boneu of Spain was second with 196.2750 to make it a European 1-2.

Minisini said: “In Fukuoka I saw this event from my couch. I was dreaming about this moment ever since I had my knee injury.

“This is the conclusion of one chapter and we can start all over again.

“I think we have a lot to work on. This competition really showed me how much I need to work on both the athletic side and mental side, mental management of the competition.

“Also, it was difficult to not have my coach on the pool deck so I needed to adapt. Now, my favourite part starts – I can cheer for my team from the stands and have fun.”

Yasmin Harper and Scarlett Mew Jensen continued Great Britain’s medal momentum in the diving with bronze in the synchronised 3m springboard.

The pair faced a challenge in round three when, at the start of their advance down the springboards, a short burst of music in the arena led to a redive being required. 

They maintained their composure and secured an overall total of 281.70pts.

The men’s water polo featured a reunion of Spain and Croatia, weeks after the former won the European title 11-10 in Zagreb.

Spain kept Croatia scoreless for 13 minutes mid-match and took a 7-3 lead before going on to win 10-6.

Spain’s Alvaro Granados and Loren Fatovic of Croatia scored three apiece while captain Marko Bijac made 10 stops in goal for the European silver medallists.

Hungary beat Italy, winning 15-14 in sudden-death penalty shootout after the match was tied at 9-9.