Aurelie Muller of France took the women’s 10 km this morning in Kazan, finishing just over two seconds ahead of Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands.
Muller earned an Olympic berth while winning the event in a time of 1:58:04.3.
Muller has had success at the World Championships in the past, winning a silver in the 5 km at the 2011 championships. She finished ninth at the 2013 World Championships.
This is the first time that she has experienced this level of success in the 10 km, though. At last year’s European Championships, she was only seven tenths of a seconds away from a podium finish.
Muller did not swim the 5 km in Kazan, focusing on the 10 km so she could earn a spot in the event in Rio.
Van Rouwendaal, who won a silver medal at the 2011 World Championships in the 800 freestyle, was extremely succsessful in both the 5 km and 10 km events at the 2014 European Championships, winning the 10 km and finishing second in the 5 km.
2013 World Championships gold medalist Poliana Okimoto Cintra of Brazil finished sixth in a time of 1:58:28.8. Olympic gold and silver medalists, Hungarian Eva Risztov and American Haley Anderson, also secured spots for the next Olympic event in Brazil. Risztov finished 10th in a time of 1:58:36.4 while Anderson finished ninth in a time of 1:58:35.9.
The FINA qualification procedure for the 2016 Olympics is as follows:
Step 1: The top 10 men and top 10 women at the 2015 World Championships in the 10K will earn an Olympic qualifying spot.
Each nation can only qualify a maximum of two swimmers in each gender
Step 2: Any nation that didn’t have anyone qualify through step 1 can send up to two men and two women to the 2016 Olympic Marathon Swimming Qualifier. The top 9 men and top 9 women at that race can also earn Olympic bids, but each nation may only qualify up to one man and one woman for the Olympics this way.
There are extra qualification procedures that ensure that each of the five continents has a representative, and that the host nation (in this case, Brazil) gets at least one representative in each race. Ultimately, 25 men and 25 women will qualify for the Olympic race. You can read FINA’s full qualifying procedures here.
The top ten in the women’s 10km include:
- Aurelie Muller, FRA – 1:58:04.3
- Sharon van Rouwendaal, NED – 1:58:06.7
- Ana Marcela Cunha, BRA – 1:58:26.5
- Rachele Bruni, ITA – 1:58:27.9
- Anastasiia Krapivina, RUS – 1:58:28.6
- Poliana Okimoto Cintra, BRA – 1:58:28.8
- Isabelle Franziska Harle, GER – 1:58:30.0
- Kalliopi Araouzou, GRE – 1:58:30.6
- Haley Anderson, USA – 1:58:35.9
- Eva Risztov, HUN – 1:58:36.4
Full results can be found here.