Tokyo 2020: Olympic Marathon Swim Predictions - Xin Xin (China)

Tokyo 2020: Olympic Marathon Swim Predictions – Xin Xin (China)


Xin Xin pulled off the greatest upset of 2019 when she qualified first for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games marathon swim in winning the FINA World Championship 10 km race in South Korea over several more experienced and highly favored athletes. Battling back from 50th place in the early stages of the race and ending with a fast sprint finish that even surprised her, Xin became the first Chinese swimmer to win in the open water at the FINA World Championships. Xin started off as a distance freestyler in the pool, qualifying for the 2012 Olympics as a 15-year-old in the 800m race, but by 2016, she raised her profile with a 4th place finish at the 2016 Rio Olympics marathon swim. With a goal just to qualify, the 22-year-old stood on top of the podium and became an inspiration to millions of Chinese open water swimmers. For making her dream of winning a gold medal come true earlier than expected to become a Chinese role model in the sport, for starting off so far behind and finishing on top in the most pressure-packed race of 2019, and for enjoying the excitement and unpredictability of open water racing with an overwhelming sense of enthusiasm.

Date of Birth
06 Nov 1996

Height (cm)


City and Country Of Residence
Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China

Languages Spoken

Name Of Coach
Jin Hao

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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Gold – TRN Wetsuit
The TRN wetsuit is the ideal option for people who are taking their first steps in the world of open water. This wetsuit offers a mix of buoyancy and flexibility, which will make you feel comfortable and safe in your first sessions in the water.

Silver – Open Water Backpack
The Openwater Backpack is ideal for transporting all your equipment to your outdoor and open water swimming outings. It has different compartments for you to organize your equipment. One is waterproof so you can store your swimming gear after using it.

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The new safety buoy will make you visible while swimming and offers a waterproof compartment to store your belongings while swimming. The Killa 180º Goggles provides ergonomic comfort and speed through the water whether training or racing.