Paltrinieri, Gabbrielleschi and Taddeucci top 2022 LEN Open Water Cup standings

Giulia Gabbrielleschi (left) and Ginevra Taddeucci (right) shared the women’s title after securing the same number of ranking points – LEN

World champion Gregorio Paltrinieri has topped the end-of-season rankings for the 2022 men’s LEN Open Water Cup, with Giulia Gabrielleschi and Ginevra Taddeucci sharing the women’s title.

The three Italians, who all won medals at the Roma 2022 European Championships earlier in the year, each competed in the first three races of the six-leg series.

Paltrinieri, who won the European 800m and 5km events at Roma 2022, followed up his two bronze medals in the opening two LEN Open Water Cup races with gold in the third in Alghero, Italy.

That saw him collect 2000 points, which was enough to edge ahead of team-mate and rival Domenico Acerenza. The 10km marathon swimming European champion finished second in the first as well as the third leg and achieved a total of 1950.

Countryman Marcello Guidi (1750) rounded off an Italian clean-sweep having claimed silver and bronze medals during his 2022 campaign.

Taddeucci was the second highest European finisher at the opening leg in Eilat, Isreal, but narrowly missed out on the podium in her following two races. Gabrielleschi’s third-place finishes in the second and third legs ensured the title was shared with 1750 points.

Germany’s Jeanette Spiwoks (1600) was rewarded for two impressive victories in the final two legs (Kiel and Barcelona) by claiming third in the overall standings.

FULL 2022 LEN OPEN WATER CUP RESULTS

Men’s overall standings and individual results – click here.

Women’s overall standings and individual results – click here.

Gregorio Paltrinieri won 1500m gold at Rio 2016 before taking on open water challenges.