2024 Olympic Open Water 10km Start Lists Announced With 13 Pool Qualifiers

2024 PARIS SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

  • Pool Swimming: July 27 – August 4, 2024
    • Open Water Swimming: August 8 – 9, 2024
  • La Défense Arena — Paris, France
  • LCM (50 meters)
  • Meet Central
  • Full Schedule

World Aquatics announced the official start lists for the 2024 Olympic open water races on Tuesday, with a total of 57 athletes set to contest the 10km events on August 8 and 9 (likely) in the Seine River.

The qualifiers include 13 swimmers who gained entry into the event by virtue of their performances in either the 800 or 1500 freestyle in the pool, including a loaded group on the men’s side.

Felix AuboeckGuilherme CostaDaniel WiffenKuzey TuncelliEmir Batur Albayrak and David Johnston qualified in the men’s 800 free, while five others, Kim WoominHenrik ChristiansenVictor JohanssonAhmed Jaouadi and Carlos Garach Benito, earned a spot in the 10km by virtue of their times in the 1500 free.

Wiffen is the #1 ranked swimmer in the world this season in the men’s 800 and 1500 free, while the 16-year-old Tuncelli is fresh off smashing the World Junior Record in the 1500 free in 14:41.89 at the European Junior Championships last week, ranking him #4 globally.

The women’s field only had two pool qualifiers, Leonie Märtens and Ginevra Taddeucci, with other notable names in the field including defending Olympic champion Ana Marcela Cunha, the 2022 and 2024 world champion Sharon van Rouwendaal, 2023 world champion Leonie Beck, and American Katie Grimes.

OLYMPIC OPEN WATER WOMEN’S FIELD

COUNTRY
CONFIRMED ATHLETES
AUS
AUS
BRA
BRA Viviane Jungblut
CAN Emma Finlin
CHN Xin Xin
ESP
ESP
FRA
FRA
GBR
Leah Phoebe Crisp
GER Leonie Beck
GER Leonie Märtens
HUN Bettina Fabian
ITA
ITA
JPN Airi Ebina
MEX
Martha Sandoval Ayala
MON Lisa Pou
NED
PER
Maria Alejandra Bramont-Arias
POR Angelica Andre
USA Mariah Denigan
USA Katie Grimes

In addition to the loaded group of pool swimmers, the men’s field features defending Olympic champion and 2023 world champion Florian Wellbrock, 2022 world champion Gregorio Paltrinieri and 2024 world champion Kristof Rasovszky.

The men’s field will feature six of the top 11 swimmers in the 1500 free this season: Wiffen, Paltrinieri, Tuncelli, Wellbrock, Hungary’s David Betlehem, and Jaouadi.

OLYMPIC OPEN WATER MEN’S FIELD

COUNTRY
CONFIRMED ATHLETES
AUS Kyle Lee
AUS Nick Sloman
AUT Felix Auboeck
AUT Jan Hercog
BRA
CZE Martin Straka
ECU
David Andres Farinango Berru
ESP
FRA Logan Fontaine
FRA
GBR Hector Pardoe
GBR
Tobias Patrick Robinson
GER Oliver Klemet
GER
GRE
Athanasios Charalampos Kynigakis
HUN David Betlehem
HUN
IRL Daniel Wiffen
ISR Matan Roditi
ITA
ITA
JPN
Taishin Minamide
KOR Kim Woomin
MEX
Paulo Strehlke Delgado
NAM Phillip Seidler
NOR
POL Piotr Wozniak
SWE
TUN Ahmed Jaouadi
TUR
TUR Kuzey Tuncelli
USA David Johnston
USA Ivan Puskovitch

Optimism is growing for the Seine River being safe enough to host the open water events after conditions improved in recent tests, but Paris 2024 organizers have announced that the Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium, the site of rowing and canoeing, will serve as Plan ‘B’ if the river’s water quality is sub-par.

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MY MOM!
14 days ago

Does anybody know when pool event start lists will be released? Will SwimSwam be creating a projected timeline like US Trials?

Chas
14 days ago

Kudos on OW coverage SS!! Hope this starts a much needed trend. Would love race day article so those of us watching the races – also for World Cups – can comment.

Request an article discussing the Seine river current and how it will affect the swimmers? Heard triathlon coaches Olav Alexsandr Bu and Mark Allen bring up the issue.

snailSpace
14 days ago

It could be nice to stay and compete a little longer, but let’s face it, none of these guys are serious medal threats: OW is 90% about experience, which these guys lack, and it requires a much more tactical and “hands-on” approach than pool swimming. It’s basically just as much about wrestling in the water and finding the best path around the buoys as actual swimming.

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The unoriginal Tim
14 days ago

I think this is popular because open water is after the pool events so it’s a free hit. Lets face it the open water event is like eating burger when you have steak at home.

snailSpace
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
14 days ago

Joke’s on you, I like burgers more than steak.

Kurt Mills Hanson
14 days ago

Awesome for the sport to get Kuzzy & Wiffen – but how the mixed 4x1500m isn’t in the olympic open water program is beyond me it’s an epic event – those kind of inclusions are simple & the sort of thing that’ll get most world class distance pool swimmers on the pontoon including Ledecky. But instead in 2028 we’re stuck with Flag Football & Lacrosse – what a wasted opportunity what’s next America Pickleball & Cornhole?

Barton
14 days ago

Moesha Johnson from Australia qualified for the 1500m.

Just Keep Swimming
Reply to  Barton
14 days ago

The article was listing open water swimmers who qualified BECAUSE of their pool performances (a new thing that started this year). Johnson qualified for open water normally, not just because of her pool performance.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Just Keep Swimming
14 days ago

I thought one had to qualify at the 2023 (Grimes) or 2024 (Denigan) World Aquatics Championships in the 10 k open water competition.

SHRKB8
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
14 days ago

Yes that was 2 ways to qualify for Paris Olympic Openwater race but there was a 3rd avenue, provided your country did not have 2 athletes of either sex already qualified through the Openwater avenues you said, they could enter any qualified Paris Olympic pool swimmers swimming events 800free or 1500 free – still only 2 athletes per country per sex in total.

Dan
Reply to  SHRKB8
14 days ago

This was not something I had heard of until the last few months, was this always an option or something WA added late?

SHRKB8
Reply to  Dan
14 days ago

Dan, the Pool Swimmers, Openwater qualification option, was announced before 2023 Openwater World Champs so it’s been around for some time but probably more common knowledge through Openwater circles rather than the pool community 🤷.

Just Keep Swimming
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
14 days ago

They did.

Johnson came 4th in Doha and automatically qualified through that. Mariah Denigan qualified in that same race by coming 6th.

But countries now have an option to enter pool swimmers, which is explained in the article.

River Seine
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
14 days ago

Moesha Johnson and Chelsea Gubecka qualified for Paris through 10k open water at World Championship.

Skip
Reply to  Barton
14 days ago

All of Australia’s open water entrants qualified via open water pathway. Moesha Johnson subsequently, at trials, qualified for the 1500m as well.

Dan
14 days ago

I like the that pool swimmers can also swim the open water event as well, I would like to see in the future that these swimmers would have to have participated in at least 1 WC event, World Champs or Continental Champs (Euro/SA Champs/African/Pan-AM etc) open water event.

SHRKB8
Reply to  Dan
14 days ago

World Aquatics (and athletes and spectators alike) are hoping, that from this participation in Paris, that many of the distance pool swimmers enjoy themselves enough to start taking on the world cup stops of the Openwater scene. One can only hope this is the case 🤞. Another exciting twist in an ever unpredictable Openwater race scene.

This uptake of Openwater spots by the pool swimmers is very encouraging to me, I like it. I do worry about Tuncelli being so young and taking on the 10km however (less about the distance , just the physicality of it) hope it doesn’t knock the stuffing and confidence out of him.

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Dan
Reply to  SHRKB8
14 days ago

I am not German, but I like Wellbrock’s stroke mechanics and kick, so I vote for him.

SHRKB8
Reply to  Dan
14 days ago

Undoubtedly a beautiful stroke and Wellbrock is certainly in with a big chance. Mens race does not seem as clear cut as previous years, as I think there is any number of Men that could win it on their day, add to that 1 or 2 Pool Swimmers that could throw a spanner in the works as well.

I could see either Frenchman, either Hungarian, either Italian as well as Wellbrock, Pardoe or 1 of the Aussies taking the win but wouldn’t bet against Wiffen either. But if I had to choose just 1 name, I am going to say Olivier at home. Can’t wait, so excited for this race.

Dan
Reply to  SHRKB8
14 days ago

Olivier winning would give him a 2nd medal 8 years after his first while Wellbrock could defend his title.

SHRKB8
Reply to  Dan
13 days ago

Wellbrock was head and shoulders above the field in 2021 Olympics and again in 2023 world champs, I am not sure that we have seen a tapered Openwater swim from him since, he has had the pleasure of being able to maximise volume and training toward this swim in Paris for the last 12-18 months so a lot of predictions are pure guesswork surrounding him but no question he is a serious threat (if not, the man to catch).

DMSWIM
Reply to  Dan
14 days ago

Yes, if I were an elite open water swimmer, I would be a bit perturbed that some pool swimmers who have never done an open water race get to compete in the Olympics in the event. It’s like throwing the 10000 meter runners from track in the marathon. It’s a completely different sport.

Last edited 14 days ago by DMSWIM
SHRKB8
Reply to  DMSWIM
13 days ago

I think most Openwater swimmers are revelling in the spotlight that these pool swimmers will bring and the opportunity to show how different the 2 events really are. If they get to swim in the Seine with the currents, the different nature of the events will be magnified and highlighted even more so.

The Openwater scene can be brutal in the water (just ask Hector Pardoe about his Tokyo campaign 😢) but as a whole, it is a very friendly community that will welcome the Pool folk with open arms.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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