All my best races are in the sea,” explains Olympian Brian Ryckeman. “There, I always feel in my element.”

He certainly looks comfortable and relaxed in the open water whether the conditions are calm or rough, especially at today’s season-ending Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli.

The tall professional swimmer from Belgium swings his arms methodically over tranquil or turbulent seas in the same powerful way, anchored by a rock-solid core and strong kick.

Earlier in the week, he won the 1 km sprint and was primed for today’s race. And he came through in the Mediterranean Sea where the outcome was no different. Ryckeman won the 36 km FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix professional marathon swim over Evgenij Pop Acev and Joanes Hedel of France.

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