The final Olympic qualifying event in open water swimming has been moved from Japan to Portugal, where it was held in 2012 and 2016.
FINA announced the change in a press release today, along with a few other notes on aquatic Olympic qualifiers.
Open Water Swimming
The Marathon Swim Olympic Qualifier was originally set for Fukuoka, Japan on May 29-30. But the event will now return to Setubal, Portugal, and will be nearly a month later, from June 19-20.
Open water Olympic qualifying is based on two major events: the World Championships immediately prior to the Olympics, and the secondary Olympic Qualifier meet.
Open Water Olympic Qualifying
- Top 10 finishers in the women’s and men’s 10Ks at 2019 Worlds
- Top 9 finishers in the women’s and men’s events at the Marathon Swim Olympic Qualifier
- One representative from each FINA continent (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania)
- One representative from the host nation if not already qualified by other means
- If the host is already qualified, this final spot gets re-allocated into the Marathon Swim Olympic Qualifier in item #2
Japan does not have a man or a woman yet qualified in open water swimming, so the Olympic Qualifier should be taking the top 9 in both the women’s and men’s races to join the Tokyo Olympic field.
FINA’s press release also announced that the FINA Diving World Cup (which is a qualifier for the Olympics) will be rescheduled for May 1-6 in Tokyo, Japan. The competition will also serve as the Olympic test event for the Tokyo Olympics.
The Artistic Swimming Olympic Qualification Tournament was originally scheduled for May 1-4 in Tokyo. FINA says it is still “reviewing the staging of this event and a decision will be made in the days to come.”