Video shows 2009 Japan Swimming Federation’s Tokyo Marathon Swimming Championships in Odaiba Marine Park, Tokyo Bay, Japan.

Video shows 2012 Japan Swimming Federation’s Tokyo Marathon Swimming Championships in Odaiba Marine Park, Tokyo Bay, Japan.

The Future Of Odaiba Marine Park

Courtesy of the Japan Times.

This is the Olympic year where the fastest and most competitive open water swimming event – the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim – will be held on August 5th (25 women) and August 6th (25 men) in Odaiba Marine Park along Tokyo Bay in Japan.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told the Japan Times that the construction and preparation of all the Olympic facilities and venues are on schedule. This is not surprising given the Japanese ability to host major international events from the FIFA World Cup to the Rugby World Cup.

The Governor said, “After various adjustments including budget cuts, we’ve managed to build gorgeous venues based on well-thought-out designs that can remain in use after the Olympics.”

While I am sure that the Governor was not referring to the use of Odaiba Marine Park for swimming, it would be great if the Tokyo metropolitan government were able to clean up Tokyo Bay to make coastal waters swimmable for future generations of Japanese – but that is going to be a difficult challenge and probably not in the top priorities for the Tokyo government moving forward,” observed Steven Munatones.

2008 Beijing Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Medalists:
Women
Gold: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia) 1:59:27
Silver: Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain) 1:59:29
Bronze: Cassandra Patten (Great Britain) 1:59:31
Men
Gold: Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands) 1:51:51
Silver: David Davies (Great Britain) 1:51:53
Bronze: Thomas Lurz (Germany) 1:51:53

2012 London Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Medalists:
Women
Gold: Éva Risztov (Hungary) 1:57:38
Silver: Haley Anderson (USA) 1:57:38
Bronze: Martina Grimaldi (Italy) 1:57:41
Men
Gold: Oussama Mellouli (Tunisia) – 1:49:55
Silver: Thomas Lurz (Germany) – 1:49:58
Bronze: Richard Weinberger (Canada) – 1:50:00

2016 Rio Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Medalists:
Women
Gold: Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) 1:56:32
Silver: Rachele Bruni (Italy) 1:56:49
Bronze: Poliana Okimoto (Brazil) 1:56:51
Men
Gold: Ferry Weertman (Netherlands) 1:52:59
Silver: Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece) 1:52:59
Bronze: Marc-Antoine Olivier (France) 1:53:02

2020 Tokyo Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Pre-race Medal Favorites:*
Women
* Xin Xin (China) 1:54:47
* Haley Anderson (USA) 1:54:48
* Rachele Bruni (Italy) 1:54:49
* Lara Grangeon (France) 1:54:50
* Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 1:54:50
* Ashley Twichell (USA) 1:54:50
* Kareena Lee (Australia) 1:54:50
* Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) 1:54:51
Men
* Florian Wellbrock (Germany) 1:47:55
* Marc-Antoine Olivier (France) 1:47:56
* Rob Muffels (Germany) 1:47:57
* Kristóf Rasovszky (Hungary) 1:47:59
* Jordan Wilimovsky (USA) 1:48:01
* Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy) 1:48:01
* Ferry Weertman (Netherlands) 1:48:01

* Pre-race predictions for the 2020 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim are based on 2019 Olympic qualification times at the FINA World Championships, ability to swim well in very warm, very flat water, and proven performances in high-pressure competitions.

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