Budapest – Germany’s Florian Willbrook won the gold medal in the 5 km open water race Monday at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, adding it to what he won Sunday with his country in the mixed relay race four times, 1500 meters (6 km) in the open waters of Lake Balaton.
The 26-year-old clocked 52:48.80 minutes, ahead of Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri by 3.90 seconds, while the bronze went to Ukrainian Mikhailo Romashuk, who finished the race 25.10 seconds over the German winner of 10 km gold in open water during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Willbrook previously won the title of world champion in the 10 km in open water and 1,500 meters in a basin during the 2019 World Cup in Gwangju.
The German raised his tally to four medals in the current World Cup, as he also won a silver in the 800m and a bronze in the 1500m in the pool of the Dona Arena complex, while his runner-up Baltrinieri won the third medal in the nineteenth edition of the World Championships, after winning the 1500m title last week and winning the mixed relay bronze. In the open water Sunday.