The German 4×1.5 kilometer relay won the gold medal in a sometimes chaotic open water race at the swimming world championships in Hungary. The quartet with Lea Boy, Oliver Klemet, Leonie Beck and Florian Wellbrock finished in 1:04:40.5 hours in Lupa Lake on Sunday. In the battle for silver and bronze, there was a photo finish between Hungary and Italy.

It was Wellbrock’s third World Championship medal and his second in 18 hours. He had previously won silver in the 800-meter freestyle and bronze in the 1500-meter freestyle at the pool competitions that ended on Saturday.

Boy started the race as the starting swimmer. The 22-year-old handed over to Klemet in sixth place, around two minutes behind the leaders. Klemet swam strong and then benefited from mistakes made by the competition. The teams from Greece, South Korea, South Africa and Spain, which were swimming in front at the time, were disqualified shortly after the first change. Apparently they had taken the wrong path.

Klemet took the lead. Beck had a difficult time and had to defend himself against three strong swimmers from Hungary, Italy and France. When Wellbrock took over as final swimmer, he was fourth, but had contact with the top trio and finally swam to the world title.