Zhou Xin, FINA Media Committee Member (CHN)

Kristof Rasovszky of Hungary and Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil won hard battles thanks for video replay at the 2017 FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Chun'an Qiandao Lake held on Sunday October 15 and just repeated the feat they did at the last stop at Lac Megantic in Quebec, Canada in August.

Qiandao Lake is a man-made lake located in Chun'an County, Zhejiang Province. There are 1,078 islands on the lake. It covers an area of 573 km2 and has a storage capacity of 17.8 km3. The total area of the islands in the lake is about 86 km2.

Qiandao Lake, the sixth leg of the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup, attracted 79 swimmers from 19 countries and regions.

The competitions were so close that about 10 swimmers packed in the leading position from the start to the end.

Kristof Rasovszky of Hungary and Allan Do Carmo touched the finish pad at the same time in one hour 31 minutes 52.4 seconds. Rasouszut was judged the champion with the help of video replay.

Fernando Ponte of Brazil took the bronze medal in 1:31.54.9 while Olympic and world champion Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands came fourth 1:31.56.9.

"It was a very good but hard race. I was really happy with my result. I tried to be at the first position in the first three laps and tried to beat Do Carmo at the end. In fact, I was always bad at the finish because of the bad position at the last 300, 400m. But today I was at the good position and won it. I like Qiandao Lake very much for the water and good temperature." said Rasovszky who finished fifth at the FINA World Championships in Budapest last July.

As the pre-meet top favourite, Rio Olympic and Budapest World champion Weertman said he was happy for the place.

"It was my first race of the season, so I was happy with the place though I did not stand on the podium. I do feel pressure coming into the race that many people expect me to win and every swimmer wants to beat me."

"For me, it is a great preparation for the European Short Course Championships to be held in December. I like the mixed training between open water and indoor pool," said the member of 4X200m freestyle relay team of the Netherlands.

In the women's race, Ana Marcela Cunha and Arianna Bridi of Italy also clocked the same time 1:31.37.29.2. Cunha was confirmed the champion only after referees watched the video replay.

Viviane Jungblut of Brazil placed third in front of Esmee Vermeulen of the Netherlands in 1:37.30.8 while Rachele Bruni of Italy came fifth before Finnia Wunram of Germany sixth in 1:37.58.4, respectively.

"The competitions in the recent years became more and more close, I was ready for that. My coach told me to swim as fast as I can in the last 200 meters. Though it was a rainy day but I like the water and temperature cold, the colder the better to be honest," Cunha smiled.

The seventh and last stop of 2017 FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup will be held in Hong Kong on October 21.