Fresh Additions - New Line Up. Everything You Need To Know About The Final Start List Of The 10k Open Water Race In Paris 2024

Fresh Additions – New Line Up. Everything You Need To Know About The Final Start List Of The 10k Open Water Race In Paris 2024

The marathon swimmers’ lineup for both Men’s and Women’s open water events at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games has been finalized!

With the record-breaking number of 57 swimmers confirmed for the Paris Games, Marathon Swimming is expected to be the best Olympic 10k we have ever witnessed. With the high number of participants on the 8th and 9th of August, the open water world will have the new Olympic champions of the sport!

As we already mentioned in a previous article, of these 57 athletes, the 44 (22 men and 22 women) secured their spots by automatically qualifying through their rankings at the World Championships of 2023 and 2024. An additional 13 swimmers met the A’ Olympic qualification standards in either the 800m or 1500m freestyle and are eligible to compete in at least one of these events in Paris, thus confirming their participation in the 10k open water race.

Men’s 10km Marathon Race 

At the Paris 2024 Olympics, the Men’s 10km marathon swimming event, 11 additional athletes will compete, who qualified through their performances in pool events. These are, Felix Auboeck (Austria), Daniel Wiffen (Ireland), Guilherme Costa (Brazil), Emir Batur Albayrak (Turkey), Kuzey Tuncelli (Turkey), Carlos Garach Benito (Spain), David Johnston (USA), Kim Woomin (South Korea),  Victor Johansson (Sweden), Henrik Christiansen (Norway), and Ahmed Jaouadi (Tunisia). As part of their qualification, all 11 swimmers must also compete in their qualified pool event the 800m/1500m or both in order to be eligible to swim the 10k at the Games.

The swimmers that stand out are:

  • Felix Auböck (Austria) – Recently victorious in the 400m at the European Championships in Belgrade, Auböck could bring excitement, especially at the start of the race.
  • Daniel Wiffen (Ireland) – The double World Champion in the 1500m and 800m Freestyle, Wiffen is a significant contender for the medals. Known for his prowess in the pool, he could transfer his skills effectively to open water.
  • Guilherme Costa (Brazil) – With a world medal in the 400m freestyle from the 2022 World Championships, Costa stands out. Unlike many of his pool swimming counterparts, he also has experience in open water swimming. His combination of speed and experience could be decisive in the marathon race.
  • Kuzey Tuncelli (Turkey) – The wonderkid of the swimming world, Tuncelli recently set the world junior record in the 1500m freestyle. His high stroke rate and strong aerobic capacity make him a formidable competitor for top positions in the marathon swim.

Women’s 10km Marathon Race

In the Women’s 10km marathon swimming event, Ginevra Taddeucci (Italy) and Leonie Martens (Germany) secured their places by achieving the A-standard times in the 800m and 1500m pool events. Consequently, both athletes are required to participate in these pool events in order to be eligible for the marathon in Paris.

Ginevra Taddeucci stands out particularly. Despite qualifying through pool standards, she is a seasoned open water swimmer with numerous medals and titles to her name. Taddeucci is expected to play a pivotal role at the Paris Games and could potentially clinch an Olympic medal.

Substitution for Arianna Bridi

Last week, the swimming community learned that Arianna Bridi will not compete in the Paris 2024 Games. Unfortunately, the Italian athlete will miss the marathon race due to a recurring heart condition. Consequently, Giulia Gabbrielleschi will replace her for the country’s spot. Gabbrielleschi, a multiple World and European medalist, brings considerable experience as an open water swimmer and joins the list of contenders vying for Olympic medals.

Men’s  and Women’s Table of Participants

QualificationAthletes
Fukuoka 2023Florian Wellbrock, Oliver Klemet, Kristof Rasovszky
Doha 2024Kyle Lee, Nick Sloman, Jan Hercog, Martin Straka, David Andres Farinango Berru, Logan Fontaine, Marc-Antoine Olivier, Hector Pardoe, Tobias Patrick Robinson, Florian Wellbrock (again), Athanasios Charalampos Kynigakis, David Betlehem, Matan Roditi, Domenico Acerenza, Gregorio Paltrinieri, Taishin Minamide, Paulo Strehlke Delgado, Phillip Seidler, Piotr Wozniak, Ivan Puskovitch
A’ Standard 800 &1500Felix Auboeck, Victor Johansson, Ahmed Jaouadi, Emir Batur Albayrak, Kuzey Tuncelli, David Johnston, Henrik Christiansen, Woomin Kim, Daniel Wiffen, Carlos Garach Benito, Guilherme Costa
QualificationAthletes
Fukuoka 2023Leonie Beck, Chelsea Gubecka, Katie Grimes
Doha 2024Moesha Johnson, Ana Marcela Cunha, Viviane Jungblut, Emma Finlin, Xin Xin, Maria De Valdes Alvarez, Angela Martinez Guillen, Oceane Cassignol, Caroline Laure Jouisse, Leah Phoebe Crisp, Bettina Fabian, Giulia Gabbrielleschi, Ginevra Taddeucci, Airi Ebina, Martha Sandoval Ayala, Lisa Pou, Sharon Van Rouwendaal, Maria Alejandra Bramont-Arias, Angelica Andre, Mariah Denigan
A’ Standard 800 & 1500Ginevra Taddeucci, Leonie Martens 
Asterios Daldogiannis