No Fukuoka For Olympic Marathon Swimming Qualification - What Now?  Where?  When?

No Fukuoka For Olympic Marathon Swimming Qualification – What Now? Where? When?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Odaiba Marine Park, Tokyo Bay, Japan.

The Japanese media reported that FINA announced the cancellation of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim qualification race that would have determined the last 14 swimmers for the women’s and men’s races at the Tokyo Olympics in Japan. FINA has not yet clarified when and where an alternative qualification race will be set.

As if the marathon swimmers did not have enough to worry about after a last 12 months of the pandemic, then this uncertainty really throws the unknown in their paths. But there are plenty of possible alternatives

So the swimming community does not yet know where, when, how or who will join the following 20 male and female athletes who have already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games based on their top 10 performances at the 2019 FINA World Swimming Championships 10 km marathon swim:

1. Florian Wellbrock (Germany) 1:47:55.90
2. Marc-Antoine Olivier (France) 1:47:56.10
3. Rob Muffels (Germany) 1:47:57.40
4. Kristóf Rasovszky (Hungary) 1:47:59.50
5. Jordan Wilimovsky (USA) 1:48:01.00
6. Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy) 1:48:01.00
7. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands) 1:48:01.90
8. Alberto Martinez (Spain) 1:48:02.20
9. Mario Sanzullo (Italy) 1:48:04.70
10. David Aubry (France) 1:48:05.10

1. Xin Xin (China) 1:54:47.20
2. Haley Anderson (USA) 1:54:48.10
3. Rachele Bruni (Italy) 1:54:49.90
4. Lara Grangeon (France) 1:54:50.00
5. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 1:54:50.50
6. Ashley Twichell (USA) 1:54:50.50
7. Kareena Lee (Australia) 1:54:50.50
8. Finnia Wunram (Germany) 1:54:50.70
9. Leonie Beck (Germany) 1:54:51.00
10. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) 1:54:51.10

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