GB's Marathon Swimmers go Three from Two in Belgrade

18 Jul 2022

Great Britain’s marathon swimming squad enjoyed a successful meet at the fourth round of the LEN Open Water World Cup in Serbia last week, with a trio of medals won.

Both the men’s and women’s events saw strong swims and podium placings from the team in Belgrade, with Swansea University’s Nathan Hughes taking the top step as he claimed gold in the Men’s 10km event. 

Hughes was involved in a tight battle towards the end of the race with Serbia’s home-hopeful Tamas Farkas; the latter swimmer fading slightly as the race drew to a close, with Nathan finishing well to take the win. 

Finishing just behind the pair to take bronze was Hughes’ Swansea training partner Joe Deighan, the 19-year-old doing enough to touch out Czech Republic’s Thomas Chocolaty.

Following on from the two were the four female swimmers, with all finishing inside the top seven. 

It was Wycombe’s Ella Dyson who touched first of the quartet, an impressive display seeing Ella take the bronze medal by just 0.1 seconds over compatriot Fleur Lewis, who placed in fourth. Kennedy Denby and Livia Kingsland took sixth and seventh respectively, rounding off a productive event ahead of preparations for future open water international events against some of Europe's top up-and-coming marathon competitors.