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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Khachaturian
1 month ago

Wow he is 37!

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Khachaturian
1 month ago

I highly suspect he’s using a fake ID and is actually 19 years old.
Nice try, Mr. Mellouli but we’re onto you.

Dee
1 month ago

Hector Pardoe is one to watch – Made the move to train with Lucas in Montpellier and he has been improving quickly since then.

SHRKB8
Reply to  Dee
1 month ago

Agreed, from the tiny amount of video I saw, his finishing speed looked very strong under testing conditions (I am sure the wetsuit contributed to some of that speed but still impressed). Was dismayed at the officials boat crossing the path of Pardoe in the final few hundred metres, poor bugger had to swim through their wake and wash, not ideal.

Xman
1 month ago

Ous!

MX4x50relay
1 month ago

How many people have gone to 6 Olympic Games

Joe
Reply to  MX4x50relay
1 month ago

Probably not too many. Alshammar has in swimming IIRC, I don’t know who else

Penguin
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

Lars Frölander and Derya Büyükuncu are the other two

Last edited 1 month ago by Penguin
FST
Reply to  MX4x50relay
1 month ago

Probably some for the equestrian stuff, sailing and shooting. Maybe in rowing (coxswain). And then Chuso is like in her 40s and still competing in gymnastics. She must have been to at least 6 or 7 games at this point. I’m sure there are more. Claudia Pechstein (speed skater) went to 7, I think.

Last edited 1 month ago by FST
Hswimmer
1 month ago

Wow!

Eric the eel > Phelps
1 month ago

I thought he retired

Last edited 1 month ago by Eric the eel > Phelps
Swimmer
1 month ago

I thought host country of Japan gets a spot not Portugal

GrameziPT
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

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

Swimmer
1 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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.

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