Leonie Beck, Chelsea Gubecka, and Katie Grimes Women's 10km at World Aquatics Championships 2023, Qualify for Paris 2024

Leonie Beck, Chelsea Gubecka, and Katie Grimes Women’s 10km at World Aquatics Championships 2023, Qualify for Paris 2024

Leonie Beck of Germany claimed the gold medal in the women’s 10km marathon swimming event at the World Aquatics Championships 2023 in Fukuoka, Japan on July 15, 2023.

Beck finished with a time of 2 hours, 2 minutes, and 34.0 seconds. She made a comeback from 10th place in the final lap which allowed her to overtake Chelsea Gubecka from Australia, who secured the silver medal with a time of 2:02:38.1. Katie Grimes from the United States completed the podium, finishing in 2:02:42.3.

Grimes’s impressive performance included a thrilling photo finish, triumphing over Olympic champions Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands and Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil.

By securing a top-three finish, Beck, Gubecka, and Grimes have also earned automatic qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Beck expressed her elation at securing the Olympic qualification she had been striving for, highlighting the years of training and dedication required for such a milestone.

“Right now I can’t believe what just happened, I’m so glad,” Beck said. “The last lap was really, really hard but I’m super happy that I got the Olympic ticket because that is all I wanted. A lot of training like always. We are training our whole lives for the Olympics Games. I’ve been in the sport for around 15 years at this level but like always, hard training, a lot of time, effort and giving your best every day.”

Leonie Beck

Grimes, at just 17 years old, is the youngest member of the U.S. delegation at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Grimes has now become the first athlete from her country to qualify for Paris 2024.

“I was just really not trying to look at them. I knew they were there but I was just trying to focus on having a perfect finish,”

“The last couple of days, I’ve been spending 15 minutes just working on timing it perfectly in case it is a three- maybe an eight-woman finish. They’re both incredible swimmers so just happy to be in the mix.”

Katie Grimes
1Leonie BeckGermany2:02:34.0
2Chelsea GubeckaAustralia2:02:38.1
3Katie GrimesUnited States2:02:42.3
4Sharon van RouwendaalNetherlands2:02:42.4
5Ana Marcela CunhaBrazil2:02:42.5
6Ginevra TaddeucciItaly2:02:46.7
7Lea BoyGermany2:03:12.9
8Mariah DeniganUnited States2:03:13.5
9Bettina FábiánHungary2:03:15.2
10Giulia GabbrielleschiItaly2:03:15.7
11Ángela MartínezSpain2:03:16.5
12Anna OlaszHungary2:03:16.9
13Anastasiia KirpichnikovaFrance2:03:17.6
14Candela SánchezSpain2:03:18.2
15Angélica AndréPortugal2:03:18.9
16Océane CassignolFrance2:03:25.5
17Mafalda RosaPortugal2:03:25.9
18Amber KeeganGreat Britain2:03:30.3
19Martha SandovalMexico2:03:44.8
20Cecilia BiagioliArgentina2:03:47.2
21Špela PeršeSlovenia2:03:48.2
22María Bramont-AriasPeru2:04:11.9
23Maddy GoughAustralia2:04:18.6
24Leah CrispGreat Britain2:05:03.5
25Eva FabianIsrael2:05:05.0
26Viviane JungblutBrazil2:05:05.8
27Sun JiakeChina2:05:06.1
28Airi EbinaJapan2:05:08.4
29Nip Tsz YinHong Kong2:07:06.3
30Emma FinlinCanada2:07:09.5
31Paola PérezVenezuela2:07:11.7
32Alena BenešováCzech Republic2:07:24.3
33Hanano KatoJapan2:07:26.4
34Chantal LiewSingapore2:07:48.5
35Wu ShutongChina2:08:56.7
36Candela GiordaninoArgentina2:09:07.2
37Lenka ŠtěrbováCzech Republic2:09:36.5
38Bailey O'ReganCanada2:10:08.1
39Nikita LamHong Kong2:10:08.8
40Amica de JagerSouth Africa2:10:31.9
41Teng Yu-wenChinese Taipei2:11:11.1
42Lee Hae-rimSouth Korea2:12:43.0
43Lamees El-SokkaryEgypt2:12:49.6
44Paulina AlanísMexico2:13:16.7
44Diana TaszhanovaKazakhstan2:13:16.7
46Nadine KarimEgypt2:13:29.1
47Lee Jeong-minSouth Korea2:13:41.0
48Pimpun ChoopongThailand2:18:23.0
49Britta SchwengleAruba2:19:11.9
50Anastasiya ZelinskayaUzbekistan2:19:13.5
51Tory EarleSouth Africa2:19:27.7
52María PorresGuatemala2:21:58.3
53Thitirat CharoensupThailand2:22:17.3
54Mariya FedotovaKazakhstan2:22:57.6
55Mariela GuadamuroPuerto Rico2:23:34.8
56Alondra QuilesPuerto Rico2:25:07.9
57Ashmitha ChandraIndia2:27:58.7
-Sofie FrichotSeychellesOTL
-Parizoda IskandarovaUzbekistan
-Kisha JiménezCosta Rica
-Fernanda RamírezBolivia
-Fátima PortilloEl SalvadorDNS

Source: olympics.com

Photo: Leonie Beck won the first gold medal of Fukuoka 2023 – and a ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. (World Aquatics)