GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Kristof Rasovszky of Hungary won the men’s 5-kilometer open water event Saturday to claim the first medal of the world swimming championships.
Rasovszky finished in a time of 53 minutes, 22:10 seconds. The 22-year-old 2016 Rio Olympian won the 5- and 25-kilometer open water events at the 2018 European aquatic championships.
Logan Fontaine of France took silver Saturday, 10.10 seconds behind, and Canada’s Eric Hedlin was third to take bronze, two-tenths of a second behind Fontaine.
Saturday’s race, which began two hours early due to the threat of later heavy rain, was the first of seven open-water events at the world championships. They are all qualifiers for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Other open water races include a 5-kilometer team relay on Thursday and men’s and women’s races over 25 kilometers next Friday.
On Sunday, the women’s 10-kilometer race is scheduled.
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