Italy's Valerio Cleri wins open water race

8/7/2010 - Olympic Sports

BALATONFURED, Hungary -- Valerio Cleri of Italy won the 25-kilometer open water race at the European swimming championships on Saturday.

Cleri finished in 5 hours, 16 minutes, 38.3 seconds, defeating Bertrand Venturi of France by 16.4 seconds. Another Frenchman, Joanes Hedel, was third.

In Budapest, world champion Natalia Ischenko of Russia added the European title in the solo free event in synchronized swimming, scoring 98.900 points. Andrea Fuentes of Spain was second with 96.600.

In the team free event, Ischenko helped Russia to gold, ahead of Spain and Ukraine.

Pool events at the 30th edition of the championships in Budapest begin on Monday.