FINA Announces 50 Invitees to London’s Serpentine

FINA has announced the qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics in open water swimming, after this past weekend’s men’s and women’s 10km Olympic qualifying races. The open water events will take place on August 9th and 10th in London’s Serpentine in Hyde Park. This falls in the schedule after the pool events.

The list below is not official, and could change pending decisions by the British and New Zealand Olympic Committees.

Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE) – Shanghai
Thomas Lurz (GER) – Shanghai
Sergey Bolshakov (RUS) – Shanghai
Alex Meyer (USA) – Shanghai
Ky Hurst (AUS) – Shanghai
Francisco Jose Hervas (ESP) – Shanghai
Brian Ryckeman (BEL) — Shanghai
Julien Sauvage (FRA) — Shanghai
Vladimir Dyatchin (RUS) — Shanghai
Andreas Waschburger (GER) – Shanghai
Oussama Mellouli (TUN) – Setubal
Richard Weinberger (CAN) – Setubal
Petar Stoychev (BUL) – Setubal
Valerio Cleri (ITA) – Setubal
Troyden Prinsloo (RSA) – Setubal
Yasunari Hirai (JPN) – Setubal
Igor Chervynskiy (UKR) – Setubal
Ivan Enderica Ocho (ECU) – Setubal
Arseniy Lavrentyev (POR) – Setubal
Yuri Kudinov (KAZ) – Setubal
Erwin Maldonado (VEN) – Setubal
Csaba Gercsak (HUN) – Setubal
Kane Radford (NZL) – Setubal
Mazen Aziz (EGY) – Setubal
Daniell Fogg (GBR) – Setubal

Keri-Anne Payne (GBR) – Shanghai
Martina Grimaldi (ITA) – Shanghai
Marianna Lymperta (GRE) – Shanghai
Melissa Gorman (AUS) – Shanghai
Cecilia Biagioli (ITA) – Shanghai
Poliana Okimoto (BRA) – Shanghai
Jana Pechanova (CZE) — Shanghai
Angela Maurer (GER) — Shanghai
Swann Oberson (SUI) — Shanghai
Erika Villaecija (ESP) – Shanghai
Haley Anderson (USA) – Setubal
Eva Risztov (HUN) – Setubal
Yanqiao Fang (CHN) – Setubal
Zsofia Balazs (CAN) – Setubal
Ophelie Aspord (FRA) – Setubal
Natalia Charlos (POL) – Setubal
Anna Guseva (RUS) – Setubal
Karla Sitic (CRO) – Setubal
Wing Yung Natasha Terri (HKG) – Setubal
Yumi Kida (JPN) – Setubal
Olga Beresnyeva (UKR) – Setubal
Cara Baker (NZL) – Setubal
Yanel Pinto (VEN) – Setubal
Heidi Gan (MAS) – Setubal
Jessica Roux (RSA) — Setubal

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NZL had an internal rule that their swimmers had to be amongst the 9 first finishers.. What happens if they stick to that rule? To whom will the spot go?

There wasn’t another girl from Oceania. Will the spot go to the first runner-up from Shanghai, or Setubal? Or someone else?

I gather that there was another man from the Oceania: in that case, the spot might go to him..


It was mentioned somewhere that the Oceania spot rolls down to Benjamin Schulte of Guam if NZ doesn’t accept the men’s spot.

James Huts

As stated in Fina rules once the quota places are allocated they are then all treated the same. And in the case of an unaccepted place the position will go to the ‘next best ranked athlete not yet qualified at the Olympic swim qualifier’ this would mean it should go to Chris Bryan of Ireland who had missed out on a photo finish.


When an athlete has OQT in an event, and OST in another event (but with lower ranking), this person should be invited in the second envento automatically, since it does not increase the quota of 900. Likewise, when a swimmer has admitted for respite care, and has OST and is 1st in the ranking of your country, you should automatically go in that event, as also in the previous case, does not increase the 900 swimmers.
FINA at the first invitation did not invite athletes with these cases.
What is your oppinion?

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