東京2020マラソンスイミング・テストイベント In Tokyo

Courtesy of Japan Swimming Federation, Odaiba Marine Park, Tokyo Bay, Japan.

The Tokyo 2020 Marathon Swimming Test Event (東京2020マラソンスイミング・テストイベント in Japanese) is a 5 km open water swimming competition held in Odaiba Marine Park (お台場海浜公園 in Japanese), a popular Tokyo tourist and entertainment location on Tokyo Bay, Japan.

The event functions as an operational test event in the lead-up to the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2020 Olympic Games.

The event features American Olympic representatives Haley Anderson (2012 Olympic silver medalist), Ashley Twichell and Jordan Wilimovsky (5th place in 2016 Olympics) (2016 as well as Japanese swimmers Taiki Nonaka, Takeshi Toyota, Yumi Kida (13th place in 2012 Olympics + 12th place in 2016 Olympics), and Yukimi Moriyama.

The event is to work out the kinks and fine tune the venue and operations in preparation for the actual Olympic 10K Marathon Swim,” explains Steven Munatones. “A test event like this helps FINA and the Japanese Swimming Federation make sure the venue and race is held without problems and optimally showcasing the athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in one year. Input from the athletes, coaches, team leaders, referees, officials, administrators and volunteers is gathered and analyzed.”

For more information on the event in Japanese, visit here.

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