Marc-Antoine Olivier Holds Off Sanzullo & Shuttleworth For 1st Budapest World Title

Marc Antoine Olivier - Olympic bronze in Rio followed by a world title - by Patrick B. Kraemer

France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier took the first gold of the World Championships with a 54mins 31.40sec victory over 5km on Lake Balafon in Hungary this morning. Silver to Italy’s Mario Sanzullo, bronze to Britain’s Tim Shuttleworth

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France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier took the first gold of the World Championships with a 54mins 31.40sec victory over 5km on Lake Balafon in Hungary this morning. Silver to Italy’s Mario Sanzullo, bronze to Britain’s Tim Shuttleworth

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Vincent Leroyer

No TV broadcasts in France. And if there were, it would not be the whole of the races, nor of all the disciplines!
Fortunately, we have FINA TV for just 19.99 € for all competitions.
It is very correct, the pictures are at the top, the commentators of the open water were good. And in addition you have the archives to relive the races!
I am not used to saying bravo FINA, but there, we have to appreciate and congratulate the quality of the service.
https://www.finatv.live/en
Just a wish to forward, you should start the broadcast a few minutes before the start of the race. For the pleasure of sharing with the athletes.
And finally, bravo Marc-Antoine Olivier and his young team-mate Logan Fontaine from France! Allez les Bleus !
Dear British friends, believe me, you have a very great talent with Timothy Shuttelworth ! And not only in the pool

Craig Lord

Thanks Vincent. It is the same far and wide. The old model of simply trying to squeeze more and more out of broadcasters has two consequences: less coverage and more concentration of control in the hands of a few (with all the risk that entails). Good that FINA has produced a somewhat in-house solution for the dedicated audience. To reach a wider audience and have swimming reach the wider consciousness, mainstream media is essential, even in these changing times. Honesty is also required within ‘the family’: somethings have limited appeal and it does aquatics no favours to keep repeating ‘we have 6.8bn viewers’ when clearly that is nonsense (and is necessary when seeking to prove the popularity of swimming). Yes, mainstream media’s editorial choices can be frustrating to say the least – but they also reflect where the genuinely huge audiences are to be found. Change and improvement can only come in aquatics if things like ‘6.8bn tuned in’ are set aside in favour of proper discussion, internal and external, on issues such as ‘where does it work’ and ‘where is it clearly not working’ and so on and so forth. FINA’s leadership is along way from that point yet: it talks far too often to itself – and we all know about mirrors on walls 🙂

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