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Kristóf Rasovszky Wins Hungary’s First Ever Gold in 5km Open Water Swimming at World Championships

Fanni Kaszás 2019.07.15.

Over the course of the weekend, Hungarian swimmer Kristóf Rasovszky won the 5 km open water race at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championship. With this victory, he not only won the first open water world champion title for Hungary, but also secured the first gold medal of the World Championships held in Gwangju, South Korea. 

photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI

22-year old Kristóf Rasovszky won the men’s 5 km race on Saturday morning in South Korea, backing up his win in the same category at last year’s European Championships, where he also won the 25 km race and took silver in the 10 km competition. The Hungarian swimmer led the race all the way and left the pack in the last kilometer, securing a big lead, winning with a time of 53:22 minutes, inching away with a comfortable 10.1 second led from the silver medalist, securing the largest margin of victory since the 2001 World Championships. With his victory, Rasovszky won the first open water world championship gold medal for Hungary as well as the first gold of the 2019 FINA World Championships. The other Hungarian, Dániel Székelyi finished in 6th place.

photo: Satiro Sodré/rededoesporte.gov.br

Rasovszky also made the headlines of the Hungarian newspapers with his gesture after his victory of placing his gold medal around the neck of Sudanese Mohamed Ibrahim, who finished 12 minutes behind Rasovszky in 61st place. According to Nemzeti Sport, Ibrahim arrived at the World Championships at 3 am, and paid for his own plane tickets to be able to compete. A Brazilian journalist discovered his story and asked Rasovsky after the 5 km race to talk to Ibrahim. Rasovszky went up to the swimmer, who finished in last place, saying

Anyone who competes here and finishes the distance is a champion, regardless of placement. You’re a champion too!

then he put the gold medal on the Sudanese swimmer for a photo.