France continued their success at the 17th FINA World Championships and particularly in open water swimming as Axel Reymond claimed gold in the men's 25km event on Friday. France have now claimed five gold medals in Hungary, four in open water swimming and one in diving.
Matteo Furlan of Italy finished in second place to claim his second medal in this event at the world championships following his bronze medal in 2015. Furlan (G0-S1-B1) became the second multi-medallist from Italy in this event at the world championships after Valerio Cleri (ITA), who followed up his world title in 2009 with a silver medal in 2010.
Russian Evgenii Drattsev took bronze, matching his best finish in this event at the world championships set in 2013. Drattsev (34 years 178 days) became the third oldest medallist in this event at the world championships after 2007 silver medallist Marco Formentini (ITA, 36-265) and 2011 world champion Petar Stoychev (BUL, 34-272).