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Alex Meyer: Ruffini’s victory is down to his girlfriend seating at the stands

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R-Sport / MIA Rossiya Segodnya
01.08.2015, 14:14 Sport
Medallists in the 25km marathon event were determined today at the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan. As soon as the race ended, they went to the press conference to answer journalists' questions.

The winner of the race, Italy’s Simone Ruffini, made a public proposal to his beloved. Happy and smitten, he was unable to attend the press conference due to personal reasons. No excuses were needed, the journalists saw the happy couple with their own eyes.

“I’m happy to finish the distance, though I feel sorry that my friend from Italy, Simone Ruffini, relegated me to silver. I think his fiancée at the stands motivated him to come first. What is the secret of Team USA's latest victories? The thing is that when the 10km event was included onto the Olympic programme, my home country took it seriously and started investing in me,” men’s 25km open water silver medallist, Alex Meyer, noted.

Matteo Furlan, another Italian representative, a bronze medallist of this event, admitted that he was very happy to have a lucky ticket in the most difficult race ever.

“It was the first time ever that I competed in the 25km race because usually I take part in the 5 or 10km events. That’s why claiming bronze on the first try is not that bad. Within the last kilometre, I charged through, pulled myself together and finally made it into the history of these Championships. As for the tactics, the most important thing is to keep up with the leaders having the speed under control. Will Simone Ruffini invite me to the wedding? I don’t know, but I would really like to go," Matteo Furlan, a bronze medallist and the title holder's compatriot, said to roars of laughter from journalists.  

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