Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Qualifications

Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Qualifications

Similar to the 2008 Beijing Olympics*, FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) sets the qualification standards for athletes to qualify for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim which will be in the Serpentine in Hyde Park at the 2012 London Olympics.

The qualification procedures from the 2008 Beijing Olympics will stay the same for the 2012 London Olympics where the women and men will race on separate days in front of thousands of spectators on live television.

25 men and 25 women will qualify for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim with the host nation (Great Britain) to receive one automatic qualifier in both genders.

Each National Olympic Committee can qualify up to two men and two women who must be eligible to participate in FINA competitions.

Athletes can qualify at two separate competitions: (1) the 2011 FINA World Championships to be held in Shanghai, China on July 19th, and (2) the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2012 scheduled to be held on June 16th and 17th.

At the 2011 FINA World Championships, the top (fastest) 10 men and 10 women will qualify.

At the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2012, the top (fastest) 9 male and 9 female swimmers will qualify based on the following quota:

1. Only National Olympic Committee / National Federations that do not qualify swimmers at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai can send a maximum of 2 male and 2 female swimmers to the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier.

2. Each National Olympic Committee / National Federation can qualify a maximum of 1 athlete per gender in the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier for the 2012 London Olympics.

Additionally, 5 men and 5 women will also qualify based on their Continental Representation (i.e., Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania) at the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier. So after the 9 fastest finishers, the next 5 highest finishers of each gender from each of the 5 continents will qualify subject to the following limitations:

1. If a National Olympic Committee / National Federation has previously qualified 1 or 2 swimmers based on the qualification procedures above, the selection process will move to the NEXT highest finisher in the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier.

Additionally, Great Britain as the host nation will be guaranteed 1 male and 1 female swimmer if they do not otherwise qualify at the 2011 World Championships or the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2012.

FIN will inform the National Olympic Committee / National Federations by June 18th 2012 of the athletes who are confirmed as the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim finalists for the 2012 London Olympics. The National Olympic Committee / National Federations must confirm to FINA the participation of their qualified swimmers by June 25th 2012.

In the case there are unused qualification slots to fill out the entire 25-athlete field based on procedures above, the next fastest swimmers from the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2012 (who are not yet otherwise qualified) will be offered the opportunity to swim in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim.

If Great Britain does not to use its automatic host country slot because its athlete(s) qualify based on their performance(s), the slot(s) will be reallocated to the next fastest swimmers from the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier of 2012 who did not otherwise qualify.

The FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2012 will be held at a location to be determined.

So, in summary, the athletes can qualify either in Shanghai in July 2011 at the 2011 FINA World Championships (10 athletes of each gender) or in June 2012 at the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2012 (14 or 15 athletes of each gender depending on the qualification of Great Britain’s athletes).

At the 2011 FINA World Championships, the fastest 10 athletes will automatically qualify. At the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2012, the fastest 9 or 10 athletes will automatically qualify in addition to the next fastest 5 athletes, one from each continent.

* At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, this same selection process resulted in 23 countries qualifying their athletes for the 25 slots in the women’s race and 24 countries qualifying their athletes for the 25 slots in the men’s race.

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