RIO 2016 OLYMPIC OPEN WATER SWIMMING
- August 15th-16th, 2016
- 9AM Local Time (8AM U.S. East Coast Time)
- 10Km Race
- Fort Copacabana Beach
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Russia’s Anastasiia Krapivina has been reinstated into the Women’s 10k Open Water Marathon Swim. The event, a timed final, starts tomorrow at 9 am ET in Copacabana Beach.
Krapivina was initially removed after the release of the infamous MacLaren Report, which confirmed the existence of state-sponsored doping in Russia.
However, like many of her pool-side Russian teammates, including double Olympic silver medalist Yulia Efimova, the day before the start of the event, Krapivina’s name showed up on the start lists.
Usually, the 10k only allows a total of 25 swimmers, selected by a combination of results from the previous FINA World Championships and a second Olympic qualifier, which was held this June in Setubal, Portugal. You can see a full breakdown of the original Olympic start list here.
However, since the omission of Krapivina left a slot open, Hungary’s Anna Olasz was inserted into the list to round out the 25, presumably on the basis of her 11th-place finish at the 2015 Kazan World Championships.
You can see the full qualification standards for the Olympic 10k Open Water here.
Rather than pulling Olasz from the start lists with the addition of Krapivina, it appears from the start lists that all 26 swimmers will compete tomorrow.