Nothing Great Is Easy For Sharon van Rouwendaal
Courtesy of FINA, Gwangju, South Korea. Sharon van Rouwendaal qualified for her third straight Olympic Games, but it was not easy. The reigning Olympic 10 km champion wrote on her Facebook page, “I knew it was going to be a really hard race, especially after a troubled year.  During the race, I had a moment where I thought I wouldn’t make it, but I kept pushing it until the end.  I had a lot of emotions after the race. I’m relieved that I made top 10 and that I can still try to defend [my Olympic] title next year [in Tokyo].” Like her Dutch teammate Ferry Weertman, the Dutch duo will try to become the first two-time Olympic 10 km marathon swimming gold medalists in history. But winning in Tokyo, Japan is going to be like racing in Gwangju, South Korea: a gold-medal performance is going to take a tremendous amount of training, a flawless race strategy, well-timed tactics, a dash of good luck and a deep self-belief for Nothing Great Is Easy. 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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