2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- All sports: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- Pool swimming: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, Korea
- Meet site
- FinaTV Live Stream
- Women’s 10 Km
The first qualifying spots in aquatic sports for the 2020 Olympic Games have been awarded to 10 women representing 8 countries and 5 continents with the recent nail-biting finish of the women’s 10 km open water race at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.
The 2019 World Championships serve as one of two Olympic Qualifiers for open water swimmers. The other event will take place in Fukuoka, Japan, though the date of the competition has not yet been determined.
China’s Xin Xin won the women’s 10K tonight in a nail-biter finish with the United States’ Haley Anderson, who hit the pad 9/10ths behind Xin. Italy’s Rachele Bruni touched 3rd, just 1/10th ahead of France’s Lara Grangeon.
Xin Xin becomes China’s first-ever open water World Champion in the women’s 10km event.
This year’s final comes as a complete overhaul for the podium; in 2017, France’s Aurelie Muller won gold by more than 2 seconds over Ecuador’s Samantha Arevalo. Italy’s Arianna Bridi and Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha then tied for bronze. Bridi was 13th and Arevalo was 18th in this year’s race.
Sharon van Rouwendaal, the 2016 Olympic Champion from the Netherlands, will get the opportunity to defend her gold medal next year in Japan with a 10th-place finish today in Korea.
Two-time 10km World Champion Aurelie Muller of France finished 11th, which means she misses the Olympics by a tenth of a second – as her countrymate Lara Grangeon (a European Champion in the pool) finished 4th via a successful transition to open water.
Note that swimmers who have qualified via this meet have blocked out their countrymates from qualifying. Countries cannot add a 2nd qualifier via the Olympic Qualifying Race that will be held in 2020 in Fukuoka, Japan.
10 Km Open Water Results/2020 Olympic Qualifiers
|5||Ana Marcela Cunha||Brazil||+3.30|
|10||Sharon van Rouwendaal||Netherlands||+3.90|
Countries that have completed qualifying for the Olympics in the women’s open water 10km swim:
|Countries that have 2 qualifiers|
|USA||Haley Anderson, Ashley Twichell|
|Germany||Finnia Wunram, Leonie Beck|
|Countries that have 1 qualifier (and can have no more)|
|Brazil||Ana Marcela Cunha|
|Netherlands||Sharon van Rouwendaal|