FINA Releases What They Say to Be “Final” Entry Lists for Rio

After numerous invitational mishaps, confusion on the Olympic qualification process, and the Russian doping scandal, FINA has released the “final” entry lists for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Check out the PDFs below with the entry lists for the male and female swimmers competing next month in Rio.

Women’s Entry Lists (RIO)

Men’s Entry Lists (RIO)

There are several worthy notes from these lists:

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And no correction of their own mistakes
Many countries which had relays qualified did not have A entrants on specific events (Like 100 back/breast, etc.) and their relay swimmers had a B Time. As they are already on Rio they should have been included on the individual event.

It happened to Brazilians swimmers Jhenifer and de Lucas, FINA mistankely forgot to included them on 100 breast and 200 back and now they don´t want to correct it. Probabaly happened to other countries too..

Jay M

If you’re relay only you should swim only relays


Incorrect Jay M.
If a swimmer who was a B Cut is on the olympics to swim a relay and there is no one with an A cut from the same country on the event where the relay swimmer have a B Cut the swimmer automatically can swim the individual event if the country made the entry per FINA Rules. And Fina “cut” many swimmers on this situation and does not want to repair their own mistake

Rafael – as we all know by this point, the rules are very complex and frequently not followed accurately. However, in this case, I’m not sure I read your interpretation in the rules. I don’t see anything in the rules document ( that allows relay-only swimmers to swim those events individually unless invited. It would be logical to allow them to, sure, but I don’t see FINA rules actually allow OR forbid that.


My understanding of this rule is in accord with Rafael : – a swimmer who has qualified/been nominated to swim in any individual events can be nominated for ANY relay for their gender. There is no penalty if they are not eventually used. – however those selected/entered as “relay only” selections MUST be used in the relays for which they may be nominated. If they are NOT utilised as such, and there is no medical waiver/sign-off from the officiating medical officer of the meet, then that relay team is subject to disqualification. Some teams, GBR & AUS, have sought to mitigate this by changing the status of some original “relay only” selections by entering them in individual events where (1)… Read more »

commonwombat – can you point to the portion of the selection procedure that supports that interpretation?

Jay M

I don’t find anything in the rule to leave explicit that was allowed, but I interpret as “relay only swimmer”, so that the athlete can swim only relays. And is very difficult to FINA commit the same mistakes with numerous nations.

Pau Hana

Did the question of the USA being the only country to list their relay-only swimmers on all three relays ever get explained?

Attila the Hunt

I think Swimswam has asked the US Olympics team, but so far no news yet.
It’s very peculiar I have to say.

Franklin Guill

im confused here – please help me understand why Adrian and Dressel aren’t listed as swimmers in the 4 x100 free relay and Phelps and Murphy not listed as part of the Med Relay? It looks like they just repeated the same swimmers in all 3 relays?

Pau Hana

That part is for relay-only swimmers; if a swimmer is entered in any individual event they are eligible to swim any relay (at least for swimmers at the A level, which all US swimmers are; not sure if it’s the same for B or other swimmers). Relay-only swimmers have to swim a relay in either prelims or finals, or the relay is disqualified. The uncertainty I referenced to is that all USA relay-only swimmers are entered in all three relays, which no other country did.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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