We reported earlier this week how former Alabama swimmer Kristel Vourna was originally delivered an invitation from FINA to compete for her native country Greece at the 2016 Olympic Games, only to have her roster spot retracted due to an administrative error. Now, it appears that the 24-year-old butterflier will indeed be able to compete in Rio after all.
Although still not appearing on the latest and greatest Olympic entrants list posted on FINA, Greek news source Ekathimerini is reporting that FINA Executive Director, Cornel Marculescu, contacted the Greek Swimming Federation and informed them of Vourna’s reinstatement.
Of what looks like his swimmer’s ability to participate in Rio once again, Greek Swimming Federation President Dimitris Diathesopoulos, who is also a member of the FINA Bureau, states, “This time, personally as the head of the Greek federation, I would like to thank both FINA and Cornel Marculescu for their extraordinary action in favor of Vourna.”
Vourna already competed for Greece at the 2012 Olympic Games, finishing 12th in the 100m butterfly. She swam at the University of Alabama from 2011 to 2015, redshirting 2013-14 due to injury. She is the Greek national record holder in the women’s 50m and 100m butterfly events.