After the “warm up” on Friday, Saturday will be a rush-day in Balatonfüred! The FINA/HOSA World Cup will be held in the morning, with 78 competitors of 21 countries on 10 km. The biggest team belongs to Hungary with 18 swimmers.
The crowd will have the chance to watch world class athletes like olympic champion Éva Risztov, world champion on 25 km Anna Olasz, and their rivals, like world champions Ana Marcela Cuhna, Isabelle Härle and Haley Anderson.
Regarding the men’s competition, Christian Reichert, Simone Ruffini and Sean Ryan are also world champions, and they are competing here as well. Mark Papp, who has just got his quota for the Olympic Games, and Gergely Gyurta will not race today.
710 accreditations in the FINA/HOSA Open Water Swimming World Cup
710 accreditations in 7 different categories have been distributed in Saturday’s FINA/HOSA Open Water Swimming World Cup by the accreditation team led by Gyula Bézi. He is a routinist in this area, since he has been doing that for more than 15 years.
Péter Bernek is also supporting his team mates
World and European pool champion Péter Bernek is also among the spectators in the FINA/HOSA Open Water Swimming World Cup in Balatonfüred. Bernek has been in the training camp in Balatonfűzfő, located near Balatonfüred, and he supports mainly his team mates Zoltán Drigán and Adél Farkas.
„I have never tried open water swimming, I prefer the pool” – ha said.
„Márk Papp is a great competitor, I am sure he will get a good result in the olympic games.”
Bernek starts in 200m and 400 m freestyle in Rio.
Uniform caps for the Hungarians
The FINA/HOSA Open Water Swimming World Cup will be a debut in this discipline for a special uniform cap of the Hungarian team. The cap was introduced in the European Swimming Championships in London in the pool, but now it’s being tested in open water as well. The idea of the cap is from Katalin Dabi, sports co-operator of the Hungarian Swimming Federation, who designed it just after the World Championships in Kazan, where she realized that the competitors were really hard to recognize.
Dr Csaba Sós is satisfied with the organizing
„Balatonfüred again has earned the maximum points in the organisation. The race is very important for the whole national team, not just because of the prestige, but it is a major stop during the preparation for the European Championship and the olympic games” – said the vice-president of the Hungarian Swimming Federation regarding the FINA/HOSA Open Water Swimming World Cup. He also mentioned, that everybody from the Hungarian team loves the sport events here in the city.
State of the art in the television broadcasting in Balatonfüred
The FINA/HOSA Open Water Swimming World Cup in Balatonfüred is a very good opportunity one year before the 2017 FINA World Championships for testing, because the spot will be the same. It is important not just for the competitors, but also for the representatives of the media, and they will work with many more equipments in water, air and on the ground. The crew of M4 (National Sport Channel) is broadcasting the event with 16 cameras live, with 4 from ships and 1 from the air among others.
Ruffini wins gold in Balatonfüred
Simone Ruffini won the gold medal in the men’s 10 km competition in the FINA/HOSA Open Water World Cup in Balatonfüred. The Italian has a silver and a bronze medal from the previous WC events, so he has strengthened his first place overall. German Andreas Waschburger came second, and Canadian Richard Weinberger third.
Kristóf Rasovszky was the best Hungarian male swimmer, he finished in 5th place.
RUFFINI, Simone (ITA)
Gold medalist, men
„This win was very important for me. I am very happy beacause the lake Balaton is a special place and I like to be here. It became a hard competition with all the rivals, as they are getting better and better, I can not leap back. The life, of course also after the World Cup, goes on, Rio is coming.”
WASCHBURGER, Andreas (GER)
2. place, FINA/HOSA Open Water Swimming World Cup, men
„It became a very good race. I am especially happy for the second position. This silver medal was really important because of the world ranking. At the end of the season I would like to finish in the best three. Next year I will come back, but I would rather leave as a winner. The race and the whole organisition was one of the best, as always.”
WEINBERGER, Richard (CAN)
3. place, FINA/HOSA Open Water Swimming World Cup, men
„I'm incredibly happy with the third place, I love this sport and I love Hungary. The race is located in an amazing area. It was great to compete here.”
Bruni was the queen of the World Cup in Balatonfüred
Italian Rachele Bruni finished on first place in the women’s competition in the FINA/HOSA Open Water World Cup in Balatonfüred. American Haley Anderson won silver, and German Isabelle Härle bronze.
Hungarian 25 km world champion Anna Olasz finished fifth, olympic champion Éva Risztov eighth.
BRUNI, Rachele (ITA)
1. place, FINA/HOSA Open Water Swimming World Cup, women
„I am extremely happy, because the competition was very exciting, and I could win the gold medal in such a fantastic venue.”
ANDERSON, Haley (USA)
2. place, FINA/HOSA Open Water Swimming World Cup, women
„Today, it was okay. I had a deadlock, but after a while, I was over it. Hopefully, next time I will win, but I am not dissappointed.”
HÄRLE, Isabelle (GER)
3. place, FINA/HOSA Open Water Swimming World Cup, women
„I am satisfied with the result. Balatonfüred has proved again that this place is excellent for this race. For me, this was just part of the preparation. This year everything is about Rio. I like to compete in warmer water, but in the olympic Games it will be also different.”
Anna Olasz (HUN)
5. place, FINA/HOSA Open Water Swimming World Cup
„I enjoyed swimming very much, I could keep myself to my tactics. I was not really happy in the morning, as I saw that there were almost no waves, because I perform good in bad conditions. Fortunately the waves became stronger in the last lap, and although it really hurt, I knew it can be good for me.”