Medals were scarce for Team GB at elite level, however, where it was eastern Europe that dominated the elite and junior waves on the first day of competition at the 2015 World Aquathlon Champs. Taking the men’s elite title was swim supremo, Richard Varga. A now-four-time world champion at the 750m swim/5km run distance, Slovakia’s Varga beat Russia’s Igor Polyanskiy to the line by 7secs with a winning time of 25:42mins.
Philip Wolfe was the top-finishing Brit in eighth place with a time of 28:00mins, with Neil Eddy two places back in 10th in 28:44mins. Eddy’s position was five places lower than at last year’s champs, in Edmonton, where he also won his age group (25-29) over the standard-distance.