Swimming: Olasz and Pardoe Win Gold at Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier

The final quotas for athletes wanting to compete in the 10km open water swimming events have been decided at the Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier. Nations which have not qualified could participate where they can qualify a maximum of one athlete per event. The top nine eligible athletes qualified, additionally the highest ranked athlete in each continent would also qualify for a total of 14 quotas. Should Japan also qualify then the next highest ranked athlete will qualify. The Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier was held in Setubal, Portugal from June 19th to June 20th 2021.

The women’s 10km open water was won by Hungary’s Anna Olasz whom broke away to win by over two seconds with a time of 2:01:55.50. The silver medal went to Spain’s Paula Ruiz (2:01:58.00) whom just out touched the wall ahead of Canada’s Kate Sanderson by 0.4 seconds.

The remaining quotas were won by Great Britain (Alice Dearing), Portugal (Angelica Andre), Argentina (Cecilia Biagioli), Russia (Anastasiia Kirpichnikova), Ecuador (Samantha Arevalo) and Slovenia (Spela Perse). As no Oceania athlete competed the quota was reallocated to the next highest ranked nation, Japan (Yumi Kida) which meant the host quota was also reallocated to South Africa (Michelle Weber). The other continental quotas went to Venezuela (Paola Perez), Ukraine (Krystyna Panchishko), Singapore (Chantal Liew) and Algeria (Souad Cherouati).

Great Britain’s Hector Pardoe won the men’s event with a time of 2:02:07.60. The silver medal had to go to video review as both Greece’s Athanasios Kynigakis and Great Britain’s Tobias Robinson finished with a time of 2:02:13.10. After review, Kynigakis won the silver medal. As a reminder Robinson will not qualify to the Olympics as only one athlete per nation is allowed.

The remaining quotas were won by Israel (Matan Roditi), Australia (Kai Edwards), Japan (Taishin Minamide), Portugal (Tiago Campos), Russia (Kirill Abrosimov), Ecuador (David Farinango) and Tunisia (Ous Mellouli). As no eligible Oceania athlete remained and since Japan qualified in the top nine, the two quotas were reallocated to South Africa (Michael McGlynn) and Mexico (Daniel Delgadillo). The other continental quotas went to Czech Republic (Matej Kozubek), Canada (Hau-Li Fan), Namibia (Phillip Seidler) and Hong Kong (William Thorley).

This was the final opportunity for nations to qualify in open water swimming. Athletes can still qualify to the pool events until the end of the month. All that remains is for everyone to accept their quotas.

Qualified Nations

Men’s 10km Open Water
* Australia
* Canada
* Czech Republic
* Ecuador
* Great Britain
* Greece
* Hong Kong
* Israel
* Japan
* Mexico
* Namibia
* Portugal
* Russia
* South Africa
* Tunisia

Women’s 10km Open Water
* Algeria
* Argentina
* Canada
* Ecuador
* Great Britain
* Hungary
* Japan
* Portugal
* Russia
* Singapore
* Slovenia
* South Africa
* Spain
* Ukraine
* Venezuela

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