Olympic 10K Marathon Swim (Japan) – World Open Water Swimming Association

The Olympic 10K Marathon Swim is the most pressure-packed, fastest, most competitive open water swim on the planet – and it was held successfully in the midst of a pandemic with innumerable concerns about security, safety and water pollution.


The Olympic 10K Marathon Swim is the only open water race held at the quadrennial Summer Olympics where 25 male and 25 female finalists qualify through the highest standards of global competition. In front of a live global television and online audience, the athletes, officials and coaches were under tremendous pressure due to limited training opportunities, lockdowns, and quarantines.

Why it was nominated

There were so many things that could have gone wrong in Tokyo Bay at the Summer Olympics, but under the guidance of Ronnie Wong, Sid Cassidy, Sam Greetham, Zouheir El Moufti and their Japanese colleagues, both the men’s and women’s race went off smoothly and professionally despite no fans in the stands.




Event of the Year


International Olympic Committee, Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics Organizing Committee, and FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee

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