Ana Marcela Cunha, From 2008 To 2020
Courtesy of FINA, Gwangju, South Korea. At the inaugural Olympic 10 km Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 15-year-old Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil was the youngest swimmer. Her competitiveness helped her finish fifth and launch a decade-long dominance in the sport of professional marathon swimming, winning races from 5 km to 25 km in all kinds of venues and conditions. But today in Gwangju, South Korea, the Brazilian was the most accomplished veteran in the field with 10 world championship medals over her illustrious career.  She was fully expected to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 10 km marathon swim.  The pressure was on. And she did not disappoint.  Although she did not medal as expected in Gwangju, the 27-year-old pro made very sure that she finished in the top 10 to qualify for the Olympics.  And now she has an entire year to prepare for a podium finish in Tokyo. Women’s Olympic 10 km Qualification Race Results:
  1. Xin Xin (China) 1:54:47.20
  2. Haley Anderson (USA) 1:54:48.10
  3. Rachele Bruni (Italy) 1:54:49.90
  4. Lara Grangeon (France) 1:54:50.00
  5. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 1:54:50.50
  6. Ashley Twichell (USA) 1:54:50.50
  7. Kareena Lee (Australia) 1:54:50.50
  8. Finnia Wunram (Germany) 1:54:50.70
  9. Leonie Beck (Germany) 1:54:51.00
  10. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) 1:54:51.10
  11. Aurélie Muller (France) 1:54:51.20
  12. Viviane Jungblut (Brazil) 1:54:51.90
  13. Arianna Bridi (Italy) 1:54:52.00
  14. Fuwei Dong (China) 1:54:56.70
  15. Esmee Vermeulen (Netherlands) 1:54:58.40
  16. Anna Olasz (Hungary) 1:54:58.70
  17. Alice Dearing (Great Britain) 1:55:05.90
  18. Samantha Arévalo (Ecuador) 1:55:22.80
  19. Angelica Andre (Portugal) 1:55:23.40
  20. Anastasiia Krapivina (Russia) 1:55:24.90
  21. Mariia Novikova (Russia) 1:55:26.00
  22. Yumi Kida (Japan) 1:55:26.70
  23. Reka Rohacs (Hungary) 1:55:26.70
  24. Paula Ruiz (Spain) 1:55:31.20
  25. Danielle Huskisson (Great Britain) 1:55:31.50
  26. Maria Alejandra Bramont-Arias (Peru) 1:55:33.80
  27. Špela Perše (Slovenia) 1:55:44.40
  28. Eva Fabian (Israel) 1:55:44.80
  29. Chelsea Gubecka (Australia) 1:55:45.20
  30. Minami Niikura (Japan) 1:55:46.80
  31. Michelle Weber (South Africa) 1:56:25.80
  32. Julia Lucila Arino (Argentina) 1:56:32.20
  33. Maria Vilas (Spain) 1:57:34.40
  34. Alena Benesova (Czech Republic) 1:57:48.60
  35. Kate Farley Sanderson (Canada) 2:00:23.90
  36. Krystyna Panchishko (Ukraine) 2:00:28.60
  37. Kalliopi Araouzou (Greece) 2:00:30.30
  38. Eden Girloanta (Israel) 2:00:34.60
  39. Tsz Yin Nip (Hong Kong) 2:01:14.60
  40. Lenka Šterbova (Czech Republic) 2:01:15.50
  41. Martha Sandoval (Mexico) 2:01:17.50
  42. Paola Perez (Venezuela) 2:01:29.70
  43. Martha Ruth Aguilar Ortega (Mexico) 2:01:42.10
  44. Nataly Caldas Calle (Ecuador) 2:02:03.50
  45. Chantel Lily Jeffrey (Canada) 2:02:19.90
  46. Robyn Kinghorn (South Africa) 2:03:05.10
  47. Justyna Dorota Bruska (Poland) 2:03:28.40
  48. Sandy Atef (Egypt) 2:07:37.80
  49. Liliana Hernandez (Venezuela) 2:07:38.40
  50. Karolina Balazikova (Slovakia) 2:07:38.70
  51. Mariya Fedotova (Kazakhstan) 2:07:42.50
  52. Cho Ying Wong (Hong Kong) 2:07:43.40
  53. Dayoun Lim (Korea) 2:07:50.90
  54. Pimpun Choopong (Thailand) 2:08:16.60
  55. Haeun Jung (Korea) 2:09:36.80
  56. Yanci Vanegas (Guatemala)2:11:59.10
  57. Famita Flores (Estonia) 2:12:00.60
  58. Katawan Teeka (Thailand) 2:17:27.00
  59. Hita Nayak (India) 2:17:32.30
  60. Sofie Frichot (Seychelles) 2:18:07.70
  61. Nikitha Setru Venugopal (India) 2:20:09.50
  62. Camila Mercado (Bolivia) 2:23:09.70
  63. Genesis Rojas (Costa Rica) 2:23:29.40
  64. Merle Liivand (Estonia) 2:23:30.80
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