Schoenmaker, Hafnaoui, And Corbett Absent From 2022 World Champs FINA Entry List

by Ben Dornan 25

June 14th, 2022 Africa, International, News

FINA has uploaded the list of swimmers who have entered to race at the 2022 World Championships. To check out the list you can follow this link to get to the main meet page, select “Athletes”, and select “Swimming” under the “Discipline” filter. You can then see a full list of who is expected to race at the meet and you can also filter the list by nation.

Among those swimmers who are notably absent from this list are Olympic champions Tatjana Schoenmaker and Ahmed Hafnaoui, along with Olympians Kaylene Corbett and Bjorn Seeliger.

Schoenmaker disclosed earlier in 2022 that she wouldn’t be racing at this meet, but then she appeared on the South African roster that was released. Schoenmaker won gold in the 200 breaststroke at Tokyo 2020, hitting a new world record of 2:18.95. She also took silver to Lydia Jacoby in the 100 breaststroke, swimming a 1:05.22.

Schoenmaker raced at the 2019 World Championships and collected a silver medal in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:22.52. She also qualified for the 100 breaststroke final and placed 6th with a 1:06.60 and finished 17th in the 50 breaststroke with a 31.40.

Kaylene Corbett of South Africa is also absent from the list of entrants. Corbett raced to a 5th place finish in the 200 breaststroke at the Olympics in 2021, hitting a 2:22.06 in the final. Corbett was expected to race that event again in Budapest but according to FINA entry lists, won’t be there.

Considering that medalist Annie Lazor didn’t make the team, Evgenia Chikunova is not able to race, and Fanny Lecluyse has retired, only 200 breaststroke finalists from Tokyo 2020 will be back in the event this year in Lilly King, Molly Renshaw, and Abbie Wood.

Ahmed Hafnaoui was one of the biggest storylines of the Olympics in 2021 when he soared to victory in the men’s 400 freestyle, hitting a 3:43.36 to defeat Australia’s Jack McLoughlin (3:43.52) and Kieran Smith of the USA (3:43.94). Hafnaoui, a Tunisian, is scheduled to take his high school graduation exam at the end of this month so that he can begin school at Indiana University in the fall, according to a person at Indiana. He is also not entered in the Mediterranean Games at the end of the month, which is a high-priority event in Tunisia.

Another absence on this list of swimmers is Swedish Olympian Bjorn Seeliger who was listed on the Swedish World Championships roster that was released in May. Seeliger swam the 50 freestyle for Sweden at the Tokyo Olympics, placing 23rd in a 22.19. This would have been Seeliger’s debut World Championships.

Swimming begins in Budapest on June 18 and runs through the 25th.

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7 months ago

No Martens in 200 back. I think 200 400 800 1500 free will be plenty, yet manageable

7 months ago

Also interesting that Louise Hansson won’t swim 100bk, just 50 bk…

7 months ago

Both Sates and Schoenmaker have already said that so it’s probably the same for the others as well.

7 months ago

Seeliger will swim the mens 400 fr relay, though no individual events. “to minimalize the risk of being burnt out” as he puts it in a recent interview. He is eyeing further down the road, aiming for Paris ’24.

7 months ago

No Hafnaoui is a bummer because I don’t think there’s another chance for him to get high level LC racing in this year. It makes sense given what junglecat commented, but selfishly I wanted to see if he could build off of his success from the Olympics and short course worlds.

Reply to  oxyswim
7 months ago

Mediterranean games

Reply to  ldn
7 months ago

The article mentions he is also not entered in the Mediterranean Games.

Sherry Smit
7 months ago

Does anyone know why Oleksiak doesn’t swim fly anymore? I remember seeing her at 2016 Olympics swimming the 100 and thinking “oh my, her stroke is beautiful”. Happy to see her in the 100/200 FR!

7 months ago

can’t wait to see Taylor Ruck back in the 200 free

Reply to  fred
7 months ago

She won’t be contesting the individual with Summer and Penny in those slots, but it will be great to see her again contend for a spot on Canada’s 4*2 finals team!

Last edited 7 months ago by NJones
Reply to  NJones
7 months ago

Summer scratched 200 free.

Reply to  NJones
7 months ago

Per the 200m free entry list (and some other posts), Summer has scratched the 200m free.

Reply to  canadaman11
7 months ago

Where can I see that list?

Reply to  NJones
7 months ago

Oleksiak and Ruck are on the entry list for the 200 free on the Fina website

Reply to  fred
7 months ago

ARE YOU KIDDING ME. That is great, this race just got better.

Reply to  Calvin
7 months ago

If she’s in her 2018 form

7 months ago

Hafnaoui will take his high school graduation exam at the end of June to get his diploma, so that he can enroll in Indiana University this year.