Eilat 2018, Day 3: Victories
for Hungary and France in the relays
The third and final day of the
FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships
2018 was held in a very relaxed, cheerful and happy
atmosphere as the two team events concluded the competition.
12 teams (4 swimmers per team) took part in the Team Relay opened
to athletes aged between 14-16 years old, while 19 teams registered
for the Open Relay (19 years-old and under).
Today, beyond the healthy and natural rivalry between the
national teams, you could also feel the friendship and sense of
community that is so special in open water swimming.
After the usual briefing and athletes’ presentations, the
races kicked-off at 8:00am and 10:00am respectively.
Team Relay - 14-16 years-old (4x1250)
Hendrik Louw of South Africa was the fasted in the first lap of
this event and was followed at this early stage by Italy’s
South Africa was still in front at the end of the second lap, while
Israel’s Orr Horev Levy had made his way up to the top of the
pack to be third, behind the USA.
It is only in the penultimate lap that Hungary showed its true
colour with Zoltan Tabi leading the operations.
Finally Szilard Galyassy of Hungary touched home first for his
team, clocking an excellent time of 56m48s1. Following 20 metres
behind, USA’s Jackson Carlile gave his team the silver medal
Italy’s Federico Mazzeo allowed his team to step on the
last podium stair, passing the finish line in 58m10s0, after a very
tight finish against Russia, securing therefore the fourth place.
Open Relay - 19 years-old and U (4x1250)
Later in the morning was held the second and final event of
Saturday, the highly anticipated Open Relay opened to girls and
boys aged 19 and under.
While Brazil started on a high with Enrique Ferreira leading the
race at the end of the first lap, Russia quickly took control and
was in front on the second tour with Danil Nemolochnov. At this
point, France, the U.S. and Spain were very close behind in the
fastest pack of the relay.
Team Russia maintained the leading position until the third lap but
ended being overtaken by France’s Enzo Roldan Munoz, who
touched home first for victory in 55m39s9.
Roland Munoz added this second medal of the Championships to his
tally after taking silver in the boys 10km on Friday September 7.
Michael Brinegar (USA) extraordinary accelerated his pace in the
final lap to clinch the silver medal for his team in 56m06s7, while
Italy pocketed its second bronze medal of the day as Nicola Roberto
stopped the time at 56m11s3.
Their younger compatriots also secured bronze in the Team Relay,
and the U.S. were also adding this additional silver to their
successful and productive morning.
Final Medals table
1. USA 2 G, 2S, 1 B / 5 medals
2. FRA 2 G, 1 S / 3 medals
3. RUS 1 G, 2 S, 1 B / 4 medals
4. ITA 1G 1 S, 3 B / 5 medals
4. HUN 1 G, 1 S, 3 B / 5 medals
6. ESP 1G / 1 medal
7. PER 1 S / 1 medal
4x1250m - 14-16 years old Relay
1. Hungary 56m48s1 (Viktoria Mihalyvari, Mira Szimcsak, Zoltan
Tabi, Szilard Galyassy); 2. USA 57m31s8 (Chase Travis, Connor
Hunt, Mariah Denigan, Jackson Carlile); 3. Italy
58m10s0 (Giulia Salin, Iris Menchini, Luigi Galdieri, Federico
4x1250m- 19 years old and under Open Relay
1. France 55m39s9 (Madelon Catteau, Jean-Baptiste Clusman, Lisa
Pou, Enzo Roldan Munoz); 2. USA 56m06s7 (Erica Sullivan, Brennan
Gravley, Kensey McMahon, Michael Brinegar); 3. Italy 56m11s3
(Silvia Ciccarella, Giulia Berton, Andrea Filadelli, Nicola