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Budapest 2017: Preview: women’s 10k race

by ZwemZa on July 15th, 2017
Aurelie Muller shared the women's title with Italy’s Rachele Bruni ©Getty Images

Aurelie Muller shared the women’s 10km title with Italy’s Rachele Bruni ©Getty Images

The first Olympic event is introduced at the 17th FINA World Championships. Sunday will be the day of the women’s 10k race where Aurélie Muller, the world title holder, and the reigning Olympic champion,

Sharon van Rouwendaal will be among the competitors. This event has been on the programme of the World Championships since 2001 and the host nation has never won this race so far. Now the two Hungarian swimmers, Anna Olasz and Kata Sömenek Onon have the the opportunity to fight for the first place.

·    Aurélie Muller (FRA) could win back-to-back world titles in the women’s 10km. The only athlete to have achieved back-to-back wins in this event was Larissa Ilchenko (RUS) who won three in a row in 2006, 2007, 2008.
·    Angela Maurer (GER) has won three medals in the women’s 10km and she could equal Edith van Dijk (NED, 4) on a record four medals in this event.
·    These will be the 14th (Open Water) World Championships for Maurer, a record.
·    Maurer has won 13 World Championship medals in all open water swimming events, joint second-most, among women behind Van Dijk’s 15. Britta Kamrau-Coresteijn has also won 13 medals.
·    Sharon van Rouwendaal (NED) could become the first Olympic champion in the women’s 10km to claim a medal in the same event at the World Championships after having won Olympic gold. Van Rouwendaal took silver at the World Championships in 2015.
·    Ilchenko had won her three gold medals before winning gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
·    Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) took silver (2013) and bronze (2015) in this event at the last two World Championships. Only Ilchenko and Martina Grimaldi (ITA, 2009-2011) won a medal in this event at three World Championships in a row.
·    Cunha could join Grimaldi as only swimmers to claim gold, silver and bronze in the women’s 10km. Maurer can also achieve this.
·    Germany and Russia have won a record three gold medals in this event.
·    Italy and Germany have claimed a record eight total medals in the women’s 10km.
·    Italy’s Arianna Bridi (4) has claimed most podium finishes in all four World Cup events since the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She claimed a podium finish in every event except for the last one in Setúbal.
·    Rachele Bruni (ITA) took silver in this event at the Rio Games and she could now win her first medal at World Championships.
·    Since Rio, Bruni won two World Cup events, making her the only swimmer in the 10km event with multiple wins.
·    Anna Olasz (HUN) hopes to hand Hungary its first medal in this event. A host nation has never won the women’s 10km event at the World Championships.

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