Rachele Bruni after her silver medal performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Rachele Bruni Takes Next Big Step Towards Tokyo
Courtesy of FINA, Gwangju, South Korea. Rachele Bruni smiled brightly, swam fiercely, and made Italy proud by finishing third in the Olympic 10K Marathon Qualification Race at the FINA World Championships today in South Korea. With her bronze medal performance, she will return to the Summer Olympics and will represent Italy in marathon swimming at the Tokyo Olympic Games in July 2020. With a silver medal already under her cap won in the 2016 Olympics, Bruni is looking forward to the warm, flat waters of Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo.  Actually, Bruni is prepared for any conditions any time against anyone in any temperatures as she has proven during her illustrious career. The top ten finishers in today’s race at the 2019 FINA World Championships qualified for next summer’s Olympic Games.  Bruni was one of the pre-race favorites and proved the pundits correct. Bruni has a great support team with the juggernaut Italian open water swimming program behind her and trusts her coaches.  “I followed my coach’s advice to take charge of a comfortable pace in the first half so that I would have the energy at the finish. I was able to remain calm and quiet for most of the race. This was my first medal in the world championships. I tried so hard in the final moments of the race because there were 10 or 15 swimmers arriving at the touch pad at same time. For me today’s results are very important as I qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. My target is always to win a gold medal and that is the goal for 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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