The Italians also asserted their dominance in the women’s 10km event thanks to Arianna Bridi, a double bronze medallist at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in the Hungarian capital Budapest last year.

She clinched victory in the African island nation in a time of 1:58.32.

Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil, a nine-time World Championship medallist and a pre-race favourite, was second thanks to a time of 1:58.32 whilst Bridi’s compatriot Martina de Memme finished third in 1:58.33.

Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal of The Netherlands finished sixth in 1:58.36.

Thomas Giles | Inside the Games