8 World Junior medals for European Open Water swimmers in Seychelles

Hunor Kovacs-Seres won 1500m Youth Olympic Festival bronze earlier in 2022 – FINA.

Hungarian Hunor Kovacs-Seres claimed Europe’s first gold medal of the Fina 2022 World Junior Open Water Championships with victory in the 7.5km event in Seychelles.

The 16-year-old, who won the European Junior Open Water 5km discipline last year, took a commanding lead after the second of three laps.

He finished the event, for 16–17-year-olds, in one hour 16 minutes and 2.01 seconds.

Mexico’s Paulo Delgado Strehlke came second (1:16:20.6) and Kovacs-Seres’ team-mate Mate Hartmann (1:16:21.6) was just behind in third.

The women’s 7.5km event, also for 16–17-year-olds, was won by American Katie Grimes (1:22:38.5). Narin Burcunaz of Turkey (1:24.57.9) outsprinted Hungarian Lia Csulak (1:24:58.9) in a tight finish for the other podium places.

CATCH UP on the men’s and women’s 7.5km races in Seychelles

American success would continue in the day’s male and female 5km events which were each for 14-15-year-old swimmers.

Nathan Szobota grabbed gold ahead of Italian Davide Grossi by just a tenth of a second, with the winning time 48 minutes and 50.9 seconds. Germany’s Diego Heinze was third.

Claire Weinstein, also of the USA, secured herself the top step on the podium with a sprint finish, beginning around 300m from the line, helping her power clear of her rivals and finish in 51:52.4.

Tuna Erdogan of Turkey (51:56.8) and Spain’s Noa Martin (52:05.9) secured silver and bronze respectively.

CATCH UP on the men’s and women’s 5km races in Seychelles

The second day of competition in Seychelles will see the world’s best junior open water swimmers contest the 10km – Olympic distance – marathon swimming events.

Women’s 7.5km – Katie Grimes (gold), Narin Burcunaz (silver) and Lia Csulak (bronze) – Fina.
Women’s 5km – Claire Weinstein (gold), Tuna Erdogan (silver) and Noa Martin (bronze)Fina.
Men’s 5km – Nathan Szobota (gold), Davide Grossi (silver) and Diego Heinze (bronze)Fina.