(Thanks to coach Alex Pussieldi, the leading voice in Brazilian swimming, for contributing to this report).
FINA has released the full list of relays that have been invited and accepted for the 2012 London Summer Olympics, which is listed below. These relays were selected from the top 12 relays at last year’s World Championships (finals DQ’s eliminated an automatic berth), plus the next four best in each event from March of 2011 through the June 1, 2012 deadline.
The Canadian men, despite having not hit their self-imposed entry times at their own Olympic Trials, will send a full contingent of three relays to the event; as will the South African men. Iceland has their first ever Olympic relay qualifier thanks to the 400 medley that crushed the National Record at this year’s European Championships.
Also of note, the Polish women snuck their 800 free relay into the meet, thanks to declines by both the Netherlands (who would’ve been one of the last four in) and Sweden (who would have earned an automatic berth from their finish at the World Championships, but declined). That means the Polish women will have more than one swimmer at the Olympics.
There was some confusion in the Men’s 400 Medley as Kazakhistan and Brazil were thought to be tied for the 16th spot, but the Brazilians winning time from Pan Ams, 3:34.58 clearly makes them the 16th team in. (Kazkhstan’s 3:36.99 would have tied the Brazilians’ best time outside of the Pan American Games). We’ll now await word on what FINA will do about this unfortunate error.
The following countries will each take a full contingent of 6 relays to the Olympics:
|4×100 Free||4×200 Free||4×100 Medley||4×100 Free||4×200 Free||4×100 Medley|
|1||Australia||United States||United States||1||Netherlands||United States||United States|
|7||Germany||Great Britain||Hungary||7||Canada||Italy||Great Britain|
|8||Great Britain||Italy||New Zealand||8||Japan||Great Britain||Canada|
|13||Canada||Russia||Great Britain||13||New Zealand||Slovenia||Spain|