Wilimovsky Wins 10KM, U.S. Qualifies Two for Rio

American Jordan Wilimovsky took the men’s 10km open water swim qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Wilimovsky won the race in a time of 1:49:48.2, 12 seconds ahead of Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands. This a great swim for Wilimovsky considering that he finished 16th in the same event at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.

Wilimovsky automatically qualifies for next year’s Olympic Games as do the top ten swimmers in this race.

The FINA qualification procedure is as follows:

Step 1: The top 10 men and top 10 women at the 2015 World Championships in the 10K will earn an Olympic qualifying spot.
Each nation can only qualify a maximum of two swimmers in each gender

Step 2: Any nation that didn’t have anyone qualify through step 1 can send up to two men and two women to the 2016 Olympic Marathon Swimming Qualifier. The top 9 men and top 9 women at that race can also earn Olympic bids.

Each nation may only qualify up to one man and one woman for the Olympics this way

There are extra qualification procedures that ensure that each of the five continents has a representative, and that the host nation (in this case, Brazil) gets at least one representative in each race. You can read FINA’s full qualifying procedures here.

The Americans were one of two nations who had men qualify for Rio. Sean Ryan finished fourth in a time of 1:50.03.3. Ryan has represented the USA at several competitions in the past including the last four World Championships.

The second nation to qualify two men for the Olympics was Italy. Simone Ruffini finished seventh in a time of 1:50:09.1 while Federico Vanelli finished 10th in a time of 1:50:23.1.

Two of the 2012 Olympics participated in the event in Kazan. Canadian Richard Weinberger finished eighth in a time of 1:50:19.9, guaranteeing that he will have a chance at improving on his bronze medal position in London.

Olympic Champion Ous Mellouli of Tunisia had a surprising result finishing 23rd in a time of 1:50:50.2.

Defending world champion Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece finished third in a time of 1:50:00.7.

The winner of the men’s 5km, Chad Ho, finished 19th in a time of 1:50:47.9.

The top athletes included:

  1. Jordan Wilimovsky, USA – 1:49:48.2
  2. Ferry Weertman, NED – 1:50:00.3
  3. Spyridon Gianniotis, GRE – 1:50:00.7
  4. Sean Ryan, USA – 1:50:03.3
  5. Jack Burnell, GBR – 1:50:05.8
  6. Marc-Antoine Olivier, FRA – 1:50:06.4
  7. Simone Ruffini, ITA- 1:50:09.1
  8. Richard Weinberger, CAN – 1:50:19.9
  9. Allan Do Carmo, BRA – 1:50:23.1
  10. Federico Vanelli, ITA – 1:50:23.1

Full results can be found here.


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OW Standards
7 years ago

There is a correction to your OW Olympic qualification standards above.

A nation can qualify up to a maximum of TWO swimmers if both finish in the top 10 at the World Championships. This is the only way that a nation can qualify two OW swimmers to the Olympics.

If a nation qualifies only one swimmer by finishing in the top 10, then that is the only spot they will receive.

If a nation does not qualify any in the top 10 at World Championships, then they can qualify only spot at the Olympic Qualifier in Portugal, where there are 15 spots up for grabs, not 9.

A total of 25 men and 25 women will compete in Rio.

7 years ago

Great swims for Team USA!
Question – does anyone know about the suit rules for OWS? From the photos, it’s obvious the swimmers are allowed to wear full body suits. Why the difference from pool rules?

7 years ago

Hopefully the US Open Water women’s 10K participants will both also finish in the top 10 so we can qualify the max number of athletes for the Open Water event in Rio. Go Anderson and Mann!

7 years ago

Usa is starting the swimming competition with great wins . Fantastic , can’t wait for the pool racing to begin .

7 years ago

So fast! So strong! Go USA!

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Wow. It starts very well for the US team.

Swimmer A
7 years ago

Congrats Jordan and Sean!! Big swims

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