Hector Pardoe, Out But Not Down At The Olympics

Hector Pardoe, Out But Not Down At The Olympics

In professional marathon swims around the world, there are infrequently athlete-induced injuries that range from cracked ribs (e.g., Micha Burden) and damaged cornea (e.g., Chad Ho) to bruises (John Flanagan) and chipped teeth and broken bones (Christine Jennings). These injuries are caused by elbows, fists, heels, arms and legs either intentionally or unintentionally nailing another swimmer, usually around turn buoys away from the watchful eyes of the referees.

“Watching the marathon swimmers on television 8,000 kilometers away, I thought both the Olympic 10K Marathon Swims on the women’s and men’s sides were clean. At least it appeared to be so. There were relatively few yellow cards given and we heard some warning whistles – but from what Sid Cassidy and I could see on the television broadcast we had no idea Hector Thomas Cheal Pardoe incurred such major injury and had to be helped from the course at Odaiba Marine Park,” said Steven Munatones.

The 20-year-old British swimmer who won the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier in Portugal, explained the reason behind his DNF, “On the last lap, I took an elbow to the face, I thought I’d lost the eye. My goggles completely snapped off and I couldn’t see a thing. When you get hit, it goes all blurry so I was waiting for it to come back. It swelled up and I didn’t realize how bad it was. I couldn’t see anything and I thought my eye had fallen out in the water. I was going up to the lifeguards saying ‘My eye, my eye, is it ok?’.”    

But the injury is not enough to drive Pardoe back to the pool. Au contraire. “This isn’t going to be a setback, it’s going to be more motivation. I’m going to get my head down and grind and hopefully get back to it in Paris and try and challenge for the medals.”   

Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results:

Gold: Florian Wellbrock (Germany, 23) 1:48:33.70
Silver: Kristóf Rasovszky (Hungary, 24) 1:48:59.00
Bronze: Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy, 26) 1:49:01.10
4. Matan Roditi (Israel, 22) 1:49:24.90
5. Athanasios Kynigakis (Greece, 22) 1:49:29.20
6. Marc-Antoine Olivier (France, 25) 1:50:23.00
7. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands, 29) 1:51:30.80
8. Michael McGlynn (South Africa, 21) 1:51:32.70
9. Hau-Li Fan (Canada, 23) 1:51:37.00
10. Jordan Wilimovsky (USA, 27) 1:51:40.20
11. Rob Muffels (Germany, 26) 1:53:03.30
12. Kai Graeme Edwards (Australia, 22) 1:53:04.00
13. Taishin Minamide (Japan, 25) 1:53:07.50
14. Mario Sanzullo (Italy, 28) 1:53:08.60
15. David Farinango (Ecuador, 20) 1:53:09.80
16. Phillip Seidler (Namibia, 23) 1:53:14.10
17. Daniel Delgadillo (Mexico, 31) 1:53:14.40
18. Alberto Martinez (Spain, 23) 1:53:16.50
19. Kirill Abrosimov (Russian Olympic Committee, 29) 1:54:29.30
20. Ous Mellouli (Tunisia, 37) 1:56:33.30
21. Vitaliy Khudyakov (Kazakhstan, 26) 1:57:53.70
22. William Yan Thorley (Hong Kong, 18) 1:58:33.40
23. Tiago Campos (Portugal, 22) 1:59:42.00
24. Matej Kozubek (Czech Republic, 25) 2:01:52.10
DNF Hector Thomas Cheal Pardoe (Great Britain, 20)
DNF David Aubry (France, 24)

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Steven Munatones