Italy`s Simone Ruffini wins marathon open water gold

Italy dominated the men`s marathon 25km openwater podium on Saturday with Simone Ruffini taking gold and Matteo Furlan bronze at the world championships in Kazan.

AFP| Last Updated: Aug 01, 2015, 16:32 PM IST

Kazan: Italy dominated the men`s marathon 25km openwater podium on Saturday with Simone Ruffini taking gold and Matteo Furlan bronze at the world championships in Kazan.

Rufffini took gold in four hours 53 minutes 10.7 seconds at Kazan`s Kazanka venue with Alex Meyer of the USA winning silver at just 4.4sec back.

Having finished fourth in the event two years ago in Barcelona, the 27-year-old American finally made it onto the podium.

Furlan claimed third after finishing one min 27.3sec back and won his second bronze at these world championships after a podium place in the 5km earlier this week.