BERLIN (AP) — Axel Reymond claimed France's first gold medal at the European swimming championship by winning the 25-kilometer open water race Sunday.
The 20-year-old Reymond finished strongly to win the grueling race in 4 hours, 59 minutes, 18.8 seconds — 12.4 seconds ahead of Russia's Evgenii Drattcev.
"The other distances are too short for me," the Frenchman said.
Edoardo Stochino of Italy beat Germany's Andreas Waschburger to the bronze by 1.6 seconds. They were more than nine-and-a-half minutes off Reymond's pace.
"Drattsev and me decided to leave the others behind and it worked," the Frenchman said.
Martina Grimaldi of Italy was the quickest woman in the event, taking gold in 5:19:14.1.
Hungary's Anna Olasz and Germany's Angela Maurer were second and third, respectively.
Svetlana Romashina continued Russia's domination of the synchronized swimming finals, taking gold with her solo routine. Spain's Ona Carbonell claimed the silver and Ukraine's Anna Voloshyna the bronze.
Russia, which won both the duet and team finals on Saturday, did not compete in the free combination final later Sunday, when Lolita Ananasova and Olena Grechykhina claimed the gold for Ukraine.
"I have now a collection of gold, silver and bronze here at these Europeans. The dream has come true," Ananasova said.
Clara Basiana Canellas and Clara Camacho Del Hoyo won silver for Spain, while Elisa Bozzo and Beatrice Callegari claimed the bronze in the last synchronized swimming session of the championship.
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