Photos courtesy of Giorgio Scala of Deepbluemedia, Lake Balaton, Hungary.

It would have been hard to find a closer race after 5 hours and 25 km of racing, but Axel Reymond just touched out Matteo Furlan by 0.60 seconds in today’s 25 km race in Lake Balaton at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Hungary.

Reymond completed an outstanding week for Team France where its athletes earned a podium position in the men’s and women’s 5 km, men’s and women’s 10 km and 5 km team relay.

In what is often observed from tremendously fit and exceedingly competitive athletes after a hard-fought marathon swim, Furlan grabbed Reymond’s hand and raised it in honor of his victory and then they showered each other’s efforts with smiles and laughs.

Men’s 25 km Results:
1. Axel Reymond (France) 5:02:46.40
2. Matteo Furlan (Italy) 5:02:47.00 00.60
3. Evgenii Drattcev (Russia) 5:02:49.80 03.40
4. Simone Ruffini (Italy) 5:02:53.10 06.70
5. Chip Peterson (USA) 5:03:43.00
6. Gergely Gyurta (Hungary) 5:04:00.70
7. Vitaliy Khudyakov (Kazakhstan) 5:04:36.10
8. Sergey Bolshakov (Russia) 5:04:49.80
9. Marcel Schouten (Netherlands) 5:04:53.00
10. Andreas Waschburger (Germany) 5:06:14.10
11. Soren Detlef Meissner (Germany) 5:06:20.40
12. Evgenij Pop Acev (Macedonia) 5:06:23.40
13. Allan do Carmo (Brazil) 5:06:55.70
14. Santiago Enderica Salgado (Ecuador) 5:08:54.80
15. Yosuke Miyamoto (Japan) 5:11:32.10
16. Shahar Resman (Israel) 5:11:35.10
17. Yuval Safra (Israel) 5:12:26.50
18. Matej Kozubek (Czech Republic) 5:13:17.00
19. Taiki Nonaka (Japan) 5:13:35.50
20. Guillermo Bertola (Argentina) 5:13:46.90
21. Jack Brazier (Australia) 5:16:35.00
22. Victor Colonese (Brazil) 5:27:14.20
23. Haythem Abdelkhalek (Tunisia) 5:42:50.70
24. Saleh Mohammad (Syria) 5:47:08.20
25. Kenessary Kenenbayev (Kazakhstan) 5:49:57.50
DNF Simon Lamar (USA)

DNF Kristóf Rasovszky (Hungary)
DNF Logan Fontaine (France)

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