Aurélie Muller has claimed the first gold medal for women at the open water swimming competition. Samantha Arevalo of Ecuador finished second, while Italy's Arianna Bridi and Brazil's Marcela Ana Cunha shared bronze.
Aurélie Muller of France has won back-to-back world titles in the women's 10km at the 17th FINA World Championships. The only other athlete to have achieved back-to-back wins in this event was Russian Larissa Ilchenko who won three in a row in 2006, 2007, 2008. She became the first ever French Open Water swimmer with multiple world titles.
Ecuador’s Samantha Arevalo finished second, she became the first swimmer from Ecuador to claim a medal at the World Championships in Open Water Swimming. Italy's Arianna Bridi and Brazil's Marcela Ana Cunha shared bronze. Cunha took silver (2013), bronze (2015) and bronze (2017) in this event. Only Ilchenko and Martina Grimaldi (ITA, 2009-2011) won a medal in this event at three World Championships in a row. With Bridi in shared-third place, Italy have now claimed nine medals in total (G2-S5-B2), more than any other country.