Gold For Ruffini & Cunha; Italian Proposes, Ponsele, ‘Yes’; Meyer’s Silver Lining

Brazil's Ana Marcela Cunha, left, took 25km gold today in Kazan. She and teammate Poliana Okimoto are among medal hopes in a home Olympic marathon in Rio next year

The open water events at the World Championships in Kazan crew to a close with victories over 25km on the Kazanka River for Italy’s Simone Ruffini and Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha; Ruffini celebrated with a proposal of marriage on the podium: and teammate Aurore Ponsele said ‘yes’; silver for Alex Meyer just behind Ruffini added to a winning overall tally that included gold for Haley Anderson in the 5km and Jordan Willimovsky in the 10km for the United States, whose open water team boycotted the FINA World Cup this season in protest at a lack of respect for the late Fran Crippen

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The open water events at the World Championships in Kazan crew to a close with victories over 25km on the Kazanka River for Italy’s Simone Ruffini and Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha; Ruffini celebrated with a proposal of marriage on the podium: and teammate Aurore Ponsele said ‘yes’; silver for Alex Meyer just behind Ruffini added to a winning overall tally that included gold for Haley Anderson in the 5km and Jordan Willimovsky in the 10km for the United States, whose open water team boycotted the FINA World Cup this season in protest at a lack of respect for the late Fran Crippen

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