Yesterday, FINA confirmed Tamila Holub‘s invitation to the Olympic Games this summer after going under the qualifying time in the 800 free.
At the 9th Meeting Coimbra/XXVIII Torneio International on May 28, Holub swam the 800 free in a time of 8:36.21, a new Portuguese Junior Record.
The time qualified Holub for Portugal’s Olympic Team, but is still above the FINA “A” cut of 8:33.97. Holub is invited by FINA because the Portuguese Swimming Federation makes their own standards for their swimmers to qualify. The Federation’s standard in the 800 free is a 8:39, which Holub is comfortably under.
At the Junior World Championships in 2015, Holub placed 49th in the 200 free (2:08.72) and 26th in the 400 free (4:22.11). In her best Olympic event, the 800 free, she placed 19th (8:53.47). Holub excelled in the 1500 free, earning 9th and swimming a time of 16:43.22.
Holub is also currently competing at European Junior Swimming Championships, where she placed 11th in the 400 free (4:16.77). In the 800 free, Holub placed 2nd in a time of 8:36.57, just barely off her time in March.
Holub won the 1500 free by a margin of almost 5 seconds, coming in the wall at 16:20.80, a huge drop from last summer’s time of 16:43.22. Since there is no women’s 1500 free at the Olympics, Holub will not be able to compete in her best event.