Tokyo 2020: Olympic Marathon Swim Predictions - Leonie Beck (Germany)

Tokyo 2020: Olympic Marathon Swim Predictions – Leonie Beck (Germany)


Leonie Beck realized her dream, making it to the Tokyo Olympic Games in the 10 km marathon swim. Her hard work paid off as she finished in the Top 10 at the 2019 FINA World Championships. But punching her ticket to the Olympics would soon turn into an unexpected two-year wait when the COVID-19 pandemic delayed everything a year. But the delay appears to be working in the 23-year-old’s favor. In February, at the only FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series event in Doha, Qatar, Beck upset a whole slew of world champions, Olympic medalists and the crème de la crème at the highest echelon of competitive open water swimming. For winning in 1 hour 56 minutes by 0.2 seconds over Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal and 2019 FINA Best Open Water Swimmer Ana Marcela Cunha, for surprising herself with a victory over 53 competitors including European champion Arianna Bridi, Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson, and 2019 FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series champion Rachele Bruni, and for establishing herself as a dark horse Olympic 10K Marathon Swim medalist for Tokyo Olympic Games, Leonie Beck of Germany is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

Beck qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games at the 2019 FINA World Swimming Championships 10 km marathon swim held in Yeosu EXPO Ocean Park in Gwangju, South Korea on 14 July 2019:

Date of Birth
27 May 1997

Height (cm)


City and Country Of Residence
Wurzburg, Germany

Languages Spoken
English, German

Name Of Coach
Nikolai Evseev

Tokyo Olympic Games – Marathon Swim Predictions: “Expect the Unexpected”

WOWSA expects the unexpected at the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Both the men’s and women’s races will be extremely close in the very flat – very warm-water, extremely humid and tightly-packed conditions.

It is anyone’s guess what will happen in the women’s race on August 4th and the men’s race on August 5th. Who will win gold? Who will finish in the Top 10? Will anyone have to quarantine or be prevented from swimming due to COVID-19 regulations?

No one knows. But WOWSA based its bold predictions on the track records of the world’s fastest marathon swimmers combined other intangibles, tendencies and tactics of each Olympic athlete.

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