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Reigning champion Gianniotis wins men's 10-km Open Water Swimming event in Barcelona
“Unbelievable, but true.” With these words reigning world champion Spyros Gianniotis described his victory in the 10-km Open Water Swimming world championship event held in Barcelona on Monday.
Gianniotis, who defended the title he had won in the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai two years ago, noted that the race had come on a good day for him. “It was a crazy race, especially in the last 2.5 km before the finishing line. I used both mind and soul, realizing what I had lost in last year's Olympics. I dedicate my success to my coach (Nikos Gemelos), who is always next to me, my parents and of course to all the Greek people. What I wanted to do last year, I was finally able to do a year later,” the 33-year-old champion said soon after finishing the race.
The leading Greek athlete won his fifth medal in the last four swimming championship events, leaving behind Germany's Thomas Lurz and Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli.
“By winning the gold medal, Spyros Gianniotis proved once again that he is the world champion in his sport,” Deputy Culture and Sports Minister Yiannis Andrianos said, commenting on Gianniotis' victory in Barcelona's 2013 15th FINA World Championships.
“It is a great honour for Greek sports, the fact that such a great athlete keeps our flag high in every event he participates. All Greeks are thankful that he continues to make us proud and we wish him health and more successes,” the deputy minister concluded.
Source: Athens News Agency