Swimmer Sharon van Rouwendaal has not lost a medal in the 10 kilometers of the European Championships. The 28-year-old Dutchman came in fourth after six rounds off the coast of Lido di Ostia, near Rome.
Germany’s Leonie Beck took the gold. The silver went to the Portuguese Ginevra Taddeucci. The Portuguese Angélica André was also slightly faster than Van Rouwendaal, who was in a leading group of four swimmers in the final phase of the race.
The 10 kilometer race was completed under tough conditions. The waves were high because of the wind. Van Rouwendaal swam in the lead for a long time, together with Taddeucci. But in the final phase, Beck and André joined. Van Rouwendaal looked tired after her efforts on Saturday in the 5 kilometers. She had to settle for fourth place.
European title on the 5 kilometers
Van Rouwendaal did win the European title in the 5 kilometers in open water for the third time in a row on Saturday. Earlier this summer, she also took the world title in the 10 kilometers. The Dutchman has already won three European titles in the 10 kilometers, the Olympic distance of open water swimming.
Because of the strong wind and big waves off the Italian coast, the organization had to adjust the program of this week’s European Championship games in the open water. Initially, the races on the 5, 10 and 25 kilometers were all postponed one day.
Because the organization did not consider it responsible for Friday to let the swimmers go into the rough sea, the 10 kilometers were moved to Sunday and the 5 and 25 kilometers were swam on the same day. Van Rouwendaal planned to participate in all distances, but she had to make a choice before Saturday. She chose the 5 and 10 kilometers over the 25 kilometers. It earned her a European title in the 5 kilometers and a fourth place in the 10 kilometers.
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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