Olivier claims 1st gold medal at aquat­ics worlds

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BU­DAPEST: Marc-An­toine Olivier of France claimed the first gold medal at the World Aquat­ics Cham­pi­onships yes­ter­day by win­ning the men’s 5-kilome­ter open wa­ter race. The 21-year-old Olivier, who won bronze in the 10K at the 2016 Olympics, fin­ished the course in 54 min­utes, 31.40 sec­onds, edg­ing Italy’s Mario Sanzullo by 0.70 sec­onds, to be­come the first French male world cham­pion in open wa­ter swim­ming. Ti­mothy Shut­tle­worth of Bri­tain was 10.70 sec­onds be­hind Olivier for bronze. De­fend­ing cham­pion Chad Ho of South Africa was 11th, 17.20 off the pace. The open wa­ter swim­ming is tak­ing place at Bala­ton­fured on Lake Bala­ton, some 130 kilo­me­ters (80 miles) south­west of Bu­dapest. The women’s 10K race takes place to­day, with the men’s 10K on Tues­day. In Bu­dapest, Svet­lana Kolesnichenko of Rus­sia won the women’s solo tech­ni­cal ti­tle for the first gold medal in syn­chro­nized swim­ming - and her first in an in­di­vid­ual event. Kolesnichenko al­ready had 12 world golds in syn­chro­nized swim­ming. She beat Spain’s Ona Car­bonell, who joined three-time gold medal­ist Natalia Ishchenko on a record three medals in the solo tech­ni­cal rou­tine.—AP

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