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July 24 - August 9, 2015

Spyridon Gianniotis: Competing practically on the same level with young athletes brings me joy

R-Sport / MIA Rossiya Segodnya
27.07.2015, 14:41 Sport
The winner and runners-up of the men’s 10 km open water swimming event shared their impressions of the race and revealed some hidden secrets concerning this event.

“The race turned out to be very exciting. It was very difficult at first but then I finally made it. During the race itself I deviated from the route a bit. Thank God I’d noticed it in time otherwise the consequences would have been unpredictable. Why do I have a European last name? My ancestors were from Lithuania. Why American athletes are successful in open water swimming? You know, our team is great and I am so lucky to be part of it. The United States have a lot of outstanding swimmers and this aquatic sport becomes increasingly popular in our country. I think it’s time for the US to become stronger and stronger,” gold medallist Jordan Wilimovsky (USA) said with hope. 

“The course is very big. The navigation was pretty hard. As you may have noticed we even had to get grouped. By the end of the race I tried to catch up with the leader but in the end I am still happy with the second place,” Ferry Weertman, the second-place finisher, said.

“My aim today was to be in the first ten to qualify for the Olympics, but eventually I could find myself on the podium. Concerning my ambitions, my plan was to get the ticket to the Games and I did it. Every athlete sets an aim for himself: to go for a victorious win or not, each athlete decides it during the race, depending on his position and conditions. I was among the first ten contenders and decided to fight for the podium. By the way, I had not announced anywhere that I wanted to win, otherwise it would have put extra pressure on me that would have distracted me from the race itself. As you see I am the oldest one among the medallists – some of them are young enough to be my son, but I am happy to still be able to equally compete with them. You know our country is facing difficult times, but as an athlete I am trying to focus on my job to worthily represent Greece on an international level and I am overwhelmed with pride for our national flag raised at the awarding ceremony today,” the bronze medallist Spyridon Gianniotis(GRE) concluded.


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