GBR’s Pardoe Snags Olympic Open Water Spot, Mellouli Qualifies For 6th Games

2020 OLYMPIC MARATHON SWIMMING EVENT

Setubal, Portugal today hosted the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier for men after the women competed yesterday. This is the third consecutive time the city has hosted the event, with this year’s edition carrying 15 Olympic roster spots up for grabs for each gender.

As a refresher, those open water athletes already qualified via their top 10 finishes at the 2019 FINA World Championships are listed at the bottom of this post.

For the rest of the slots, this is the final opportunity to make the grade. The nine highest placed athletes for each event will obtain one quota place. Each nation can qualify a maximum of one athlete per gender.

In regards to the continental representation, the highest placed athlete in the 10km event, not yet qualified, from each of five continents will directly qualify. Additionally, the host country of Japan will automatically qualify one quota spot for men and one for women.

Great Britain’s Hector Pardoe took the top prize tonight in the men’s 10k race, hitting the time pad in a mark of 2:02:07.60. Greek athlete Athanasios Kynigakis earned runner-up status while Pardoe’s countryman, Tobias Robinsonround out the top 3.

Pardoe’s finish here is a solid follow-up to his 8th place result at the European Championships last month, with just one spot here being up for grabs for Great Britain. As such, Robinson is shut out of an Olympic roster spot.

Remarkably, with his 10th place finish, Ous Mellouli of Tunisia has qualified for his 6th Olympic Games, now at the age of 37. The former USC Trojan first competed at the 2000 Olympic Games and also raced in Athens before taking 1500m free gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He followed that up with bronze in the same event in London 4 years later. Also at those 2012 Games, Mellouli won the 10k open water event.

In Rio, Mellouli finished 12th in the men’s 10k event.

ATHLETES QUALIFIED

  1. HECTOR PARDOE  (GBR) – qualified
  2. ATHANASIOS KYNIGAKIS (GRE) – qualified
  3. TOBIAS ROBINSON (GBR) – not qualified
  4. MATAN RODITI (ISR) – qualified
  5. KAI GRAEME EDWARDS (AUS) – qualified
  6. TAISHUN MINAMIDE (JPN) – qualified
  7. TIAGO CAMPOS (POR) – qualified
  8. KIRILL ABROSIMOV (RUS) – qualified
  9. DAVID FARINANGO (ECU) – qualified
  10. OUSSAMA MELLOULI (TUN) – qualified
  11. MICHAEL McGLYNN (RSA)  – qualified
  12. DANIEL DELGADILLO (MEX) – qualified

 

CONTINENTAL QUALIFICATION

  • MATEJ KOZUBEK  (CZE) – EUROPE
  • HAU-LI FAN (CAN) – AMERICA
  • PHILLIP  SEIDLER (NAM) – AFRICA
  • WILLIAM YAN THORLEY (HKG) – ASIA

 

OPEN WATER ATHLETES QUALIFIED FOR TOKYO 2020 PRIOR TO SETUBAL:

MEN

  • Florian WELLBROCK (GER)
  • Marc-Antoine OLIVER (FRA)
  • Rob MUFFLES (GER)
  • Kristof  RASOVSZKY (HUN)
  • Jordan WILIMOVSKY (USA)
  • Gregorio PLATRINIERI (ITA)
  • Ferry WEERTMAN (NED)
  • Alberto MARTINEZ (ESP)
  • Mario SANZULLO (ITA)
  • David AUBRY (FRA)

WOMEN

  • Xin XIN (CHN)
  • Haley ANDERSON (USA)
  • Rachele BRUNI (ITA)
  • Lara GRANGEON (FRA)
  • Ana Marcela CUNHA (BRA)
  • Ashley TWICHELL (USA)
  • Kareena LEE (AUS)
  • Finnia WUNRAM (GER)
  • Leonie BECK (GER)
  • Sharon van ROUWENDAAL (NED)

 

 

ATHLETES QUALIFIED

  1. HECTOR PARDOE  (GBR) – qualified
  2. ATHANASIOS KYNIGAKIS (GRE) – qualified
  3. TOBIAS ROBINSON (GBR) – not qualified
  4. MATAN RODITI (ISR) – qualified
  5. KAI GRAEME EDWARDS (AUS) – qualified
  6. TAISHUN MINAMIDE (JPN) – qualified
  7. TIAGO CAMPOS (POR) – qualified
  8. KIRILL ABROSIMOV (RUS) – qualified
  9. DAVID FARINANGO (ECU) – qualified
  10. OUSSAMA MELLOULI (TUN) – qualified
  11. MICHAEL McGLYNN (RSA)  – qualified
  12. DANIEL DELGADILLO (MEX) – qualified

 

CONTINENTAL QUALIFICATION

  • MATEJ KOZUBEK  (CZE) – EUROPE
  • HAU-LI FAN (CAN) – AMERICA
  • PHILLIP  SEIDLER (NAM) – AFRICA
  • WILLIAM YAN THORLEY (HKG) – ASIA

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Catherine Dufort
1 year ago

When will Hector Pardoe swim in Tokyo?

Admin
Reply to  Catherine Dufort
1 year ago

August 5.

aFASTswimmer
1 year ago

Yessir! Lets go ous.

iceman
1 year ago

I know time in open water races isn’t very important and it’s difficult to make comparisons, but still it’s impressive that yesterday the top women were faster than the men today.

swimfan210_
Reply to  iceman
1 year ago

The currents were probably rougher today

deepblue
Reply to  iceman
1 year ago

Women are notoriously better at longer distance swimming than men (relative to everything else, of course, but also in terms of pure ability- buoyancy makes a huge difference, as does muscular endurance- women have many such advantages over men in open water)

Human Ambition
Reply to  deepblue
1 year ago

The women benefitted from the tide and had another position of the 3rd buoy. But yes that swam fast.

Swimmer
1 year ago

Although very impressive, 6 is not even close to the record and not “that” rare.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_athletes_with_the_most_appearances_at_Olympic_Games

Borow
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

Not to knock on these other athletes, but I think it’s fair to point out that a lot of them partake in sports that aren’t as taxing on the body as open water swimming, making this feat that much more impressive.

Swimmer
Reply to  Borow
1 year ago

Absolutely. I just wanted to provide the “dry” numbers and not get into the details. No doubt that comparing swimming to shooting or equestrian is like apples and oranges

Dressel will come 3rd in 100 free
Reply to  Borow
1 year ago

Two of the people on 8 did canoeing and rowing. I can assure you those are both very taxing.

FST

Cox?

FST
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

Thanks for that interesting link. Not surprised by the very top. And I already knew about Chuso (gymnastics) and Pechstein (speed skating) – which is insane when you think about it!
But I suppose for some there is a lot of ‘luck’ involved as well… that they never got injured so severely that they had to quit e.g.

Swimmer
1 year ago

I thought host country of Japan gets a spot not Portugal

GrameziPT
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

You are correct. Swimswam got it wrong. Japan gets the spot

Eric the eel > Phelps
1 year ago

I thought he retired

Last edited 1 year ago by Eric the eel > Phelps
Hswimmer
1 year ago

Wow!

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