27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Swimmer Serebrennikov was only counting upon gold in the 10 kilometres

Russian swimmer Dannil Serebrennikov was focused on winning the gold medal in the 10-kilometre open water race at the Universiade.

Serebrennikov finished in sixth place on Wednesday, losing to the race's winner, Italian Matteo Furlan, by 48.9 seconds.

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Universiade. Day 12. Swimming. Open Water © RIA Novosti / Alexander Wilf

"I was counting on only gold, but it turned out that I can never swim in hot water. In hot water in China two years ago I also finished fourth. In the area of the finish is was terribly hot and I overheated. Every athlete is different in their own way, some like it hot, some like it cold, I have overtaken everyone of these athletes more than once," Serebrennikov told journalists from R-Sport. The athlete also explained the reason why he opted for the Universiade and not the World Championships. "I qualified for the World Championships and the Universiade, but together with my coach, we decided that it would be better to compete in the home tournament," said Serebrennikov.

R-Sport, July 17