Khudyakov From Kazakhstan Makes Olympic Cut
Vitaly Khudyakov of Kazakhstan was disqualified at the Olympic marathon swim in Copacabana Beach at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but he will receive a second opportunity to redeem himself at the Tokyo Olympics.
In an unusual and unexpected case, Khudyakov was selected as a finalist and given a Special FINA Quota Spot by FINA, approved by the IOC.
Instead of competing at the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier in Portugal in June like the other swimmers, Khudyakov appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport under the argument that he legally qualified for the Tokyo Olympics due to his 10 km victory at the 2019 Asian Open Water Swimming Championships.
The Court judged in his favor and FINA and the IOC granted a special spot to the Kazakhstani who will be the 26th finalist in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim on August 5th in Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Bay.
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
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