TOKYO 2020 SUMMER OLYMPICS – OPEN WATER SWIMMING
- August 4-5, 2021
- Oadaiba Marine Park, Tokyo, Japan
- SwimSwam Event Preview
- Race start times:
- Women’s 10K, Wednesday @ 6:30AM (Tokyo time – 5:30PM on Tuesday US Eastern Time)
- Men’s 10K, Thursday @ 6:30AM (Tokyo time – 5:30PM on Wednesday US Eastern Time
The open water swimming competition in Tokyo wrapped up on Wednesday with Germany’s Florian Wellbrock claiming the gold medal in the men’s 10k event, while one day prior, Brazilian Ana Marcela Cunha won the women’s race.
The women’s 10k ended up being incredibly tight at the finish, with gold and silver separated by less than a second and top seven finishers all within 7.1 seconds of one another.
The men’s event saw Wellbrock, who was coming off of winning bronze in the 1500 freestyle in the pool last week (and taking fourth in the 800), dominate in a time of 1:48:33.7, 25 seconds clear of runner-up Kristof Rasovszky of Hungary.
Another pool swimming medalist, Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri, won bronze in 1:49:01.1, two seconds back of Rasovszky. Paltrinieri was the silver medalist in the men’s 800 free in the pool and added a fourth-place finish in the 1500.
Just as we did with the pool swimming competition in Tokyo, you can find a breakdown of the open water results from the Games below.
WOMEN’S 10KM OPEN WATER RESULTS – TOP 10
|1||Ana Marcela Cunha||BRA||1:59:30.8|
|2||Sharon van Rouwendaal||NED||1:59:31.7||+0.9|
|9||Lara Grangeon de Villele||FRA||2:00:57.3||+1:26.5|
MEN’S 10KM OPEN WATER RESULTS
While no official records for the open water events are kept due to the variability of the courses and conditions, Wellbrock’s winning time was the fastest ever recorded in the men’s event at the Games, which made its debut in 2008.
The previous-fastest was Ous Mellouli‘s 1:49:55.1 from the 2012 Olympics Games in London. The top five finishers in Tokyo all got under that, led by Wellbrock, who was over one minute and 21 seconds quicker.
The fastest time ever recorded in the women’s event at the Olympics was done by Sharon van Rouwendaal, who clocked 1:56:32.1 at the 2016 Games in Rio. van Rouwendaal was the silver medalist in Tokyo, finishing a close second to Cunha.