Group A saw a dominant performance by home favourite Adam Marosi, who looked head and shoulders above the rest. Shooting to near-perfection, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist was comfortable throughout and took his foot off the gas on the final lap to cross the finish line just ahead of James Cooke of Great Britain, the fastest swimmer in the Group. Hungary’s Bence Demeter was third overall with fourth and fifth place finishes for the Czech Republic’s Michal Sedlecky and Hungary’s Peter Tibolya.
Artur Lanigan-O’Keefe of Ireland, Jean Maxcence Berrou of France and Russia’s Ilia Frolov all crossed the line together to share top spot in Group B whilst Great Britain’s Samuel Weale and Shohei Iwamoto of Japan completed the top five. Woojin Hwanh, who was leading on points coming into the final event, placed sixth as his compatriot, Jinhwa Jung, the quickest man in the water, came in eleventh.
It was surprise package Roman Diachkov who claimed first position in Group C with the Russian having earlier won the swim. Lithuania’s Justinas Kinderis and France’s Valentin Prades finished with the Russian with Jinwoo Hong and Poland’s Bartosz Majewski just behind. Fencing champ Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy from Ukraine was seventh.
France will have the most representatives in the Final and Valentin Prades told us, “We have a really good group at the moment; it is great that four of us are in the Final. It bodes well for the future of the sport.” On his ambitions for the event and for the rest of the season, he added, “Top six is my objective; it is nice to get on the podium. I still qualify as a Junior now but I am just concentrating on the Senior tour. I just hope I can keep my levels up for Nizhny Novgorod (World Cup Final) but the big one is of course the World Championships. I want to enjoy things and not put too much pressure on myself.”