Ana Marcela Cunha, Too Tough For Words

Courtesy of ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) World Beach Games, Doha, Qatar.

Cool and cold, warm, hot. Tranquil or turbulent. Jellyfish, waves…nothing seems to stop Ana Marcela Cunha from climbing on the podium at international competitions.

The extreme water temperatures in Doha, Qatar at the ANOC World Beach Games 5 km race certainly did not stop the 27-year-old Brazilian star. “Everybody knows it was very hot. I have tried to swim a little bit more comfortable, less strokes. In the closing stages I pushed as hard as I could.”

Doha was the last-minute substitution for the ANOC World Beach Games that were previously scheduled to be held in San Diego, California, but were moved to Qatar due to a lack of finances to host the IOC-sanctioned Games in San Diego.

Then 10 days later, Cunha headed over to Wuhan, China in order to compete in the 5 km, 10 km and the mixed team relay at the 7th Military World Games.

Cunha, a sergeant in the Brazilian army, had previously won the 5 km and 25 km world championships in South Africa, qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, won gold at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and the World Beach Games, but was competing in the World Military Games for the first time in her career. After China, she headed over to compete in the 8.5 km race across the Rio Negro in Manaus, Brazil.

We are trying to compete in races in hot water,” she said of her schedule. “We know that it is going to be hot in Japan.”

World Beach Games 5 km Final Results on October 13th:
1. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) 59:51
2. Yawen Hou (CHN) 59:52
3. Leonie Beck (GER) 59:53
4. Giulia Gabbrielleschi (ITA) 59:55
5. Fang Qu (CHN) 1:00:00
6. Maria Bramont (PER) 1:00:01
7. Maria de Valdes (ESP) 1:00:38
8. Samantha Arévalo (ECU) 1:00:45
8. Angelica Ribeiro (POR) 1:00:45
10. Reka Rohacs (HUN) 1:00:46
11. Anna Olasz (HUN) 1:00:47
12. Viviane Eichelberger (BRA) 1:00:59
13. Julia Arino (ARG) 1:01:01
14. Martha Sandoval (MEX) 1:01:05
15. Finnia Wunram (GER) 1:01:14
16. Mackenzie Brazier (AUS) 1:01:18
17. Alena Benesova (CZE) 1:01:58
18. Krystyna Panchishko (UKR) 1:03:27
19. Liliana Hernandez (VEN) 1:03:30
20. Paola Perez (VEN) 1:03:39
21. Karolina Balazikova (SVK) 1:07:08
22. Valeriia Ermakova (RUS) 1:07:16
DNF Paula Ruiz (ESP)
DNF Tsz Nip (HKG)
DNF Mariia Novikova (RUS)
DNF Nada Arakji (QAT)

7th Wuhan Military World Games 10 km on October 23rd:
1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 2:06:08.5
2. Oceane Cassignol (France) 2:06:08.7
3. Caroline Jouisse (France) 2:06:14.5
4. Siyu Yan (China) 2:06:14.9
5. Fuwei Dong (China) 2:06:23.2
6. Alisia Tettamanzi (Italy) 2:06:47.3
7. Jeannette Spiwoks (Germany) 2:06:49.4
8. Krystyna Panchishko (Ukraine) 2:07:42.8
9. Betina Lorscheitter (Brazil) 2:08:38.0
10. Alice Franco (Italy) 2:15:30.8
11. Justyna Burska (Poland) 2:23:23.2
OTL Renata de la Toree Collaguazo (Ecuador)
OTL Elizabeth Morales Herrera Dayana (Ecuador)

7th Wuhan Military World Games 5 km on October 25th:
1. Oceane Cassignol (France) 1:03:14.2
2. Spela Perse (Slovenia) 1:03:16.2
3. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 1:03:17.8
4. Yawen Hou (China) 1:03:18.5
5. Alisia Tettamanzi (Italy) 1:03:19.6
6. Caroline Jouisse (France) 1:03:20.1
7. Betina Lorscheitter (Brazil) 1:03:20.3
8. Jiayi Lv (China) 1:03:28.6
9. Krystyna Panchishko (Ukraine) 1:04:09.9
10. Renata de la Torre Collaguazo Samanta (Ecuador) 1:17:27.2
OTL Elizabeth Morales Herrera Dayana

7th Wuhan Military World Games 5 km Team Relay on October 27th:
1. France (with Oceane Cassignol + Caroline Jouisse + Axel Reymond + Logan Fontaine) 56:41.8
2. Brazil (with Betina Lorscheitter + Ana Marcela Cunha + Allan Do Carmo + Fernando Ponte) 56:44.6
3. China (with Fuwei Dong + Yawen Hou + Zhongyi Qiao + Jiabao An) 56:48.0
4. Italy (with Alice Franco + Pasquale Sanzullo + Alisia Tettamanzi + Dario Vernani) 56:50.0
5. Ecuador (with Elizabeth Morales Herrera Dayana + Sebastian Espinel Criollo Fernando + Eduardo Llerena Santos Daryel + Renata de la Torre Collaguazo Samanta) 1:11:23.6

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