World 10km Crown For Jordan Wilimovsky, Californian Who Does ‘Swimming & Stuff’

Jordan Wilimovsky, courtesy of USA Swimming

He’s just 5 feet 9 and weighs in at around 150lbs in a sport in which 6ft and 200lbs is more like the average deal but Californian Jordan Wilimovsky packed a powerful punch for gold in the men’s 10km world-title fight today to grant the USA the first ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic marathon next year

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He’s just 5 feet 9 and weighs in at around 150lbs in a sport in which 6ft and 200lbs is more like the average deal but Californian Jordan Wilimovsky packed a powerful punch for gold in the men’s 10km world-title fight today to grant the USA the first ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic marathon next year

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aswimfan

I am confused with OW qualification for Olympics.

Does this mean Wilimovsky is not guaranteed to swim in Rio unless he pass US qualifying system (of which I have absolutely no idea about)?

Craig Lord

It is a bit muddy in one sense, very easy in another, aswimfan – in essence the top 10 finishers today, the men themselves, have a ticket … but NOCs have right to hold selection trials and the final say on who they nominate for the Olympic Games… hence the nuance of slot for nation not named athlete… (the diving policy is more stern in wording than then open water wording, it seems to me. What I don’t know is if there are any nations who will hold trials that could exclude a top 10 finisher today (unlikely but in the event of illness etc, the nation has the right to take up the slot earned with another athlete, as I understand it)

For open water:

20 Marathon Swimmers
(10 Men & 10 Women)
2015 FINA World Championships
The ten (10) best ranked athletes from the 10km event will directly qualify.
FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2016

18 Marathon Swimmers
(9 Men & 9 Women)

The nine (9) best ranked athletes will directly qualify.
Only NOCs/NFs that have no swimmer qualified through the 2015 FINA World
Championships may elect to send a maximum of two (2) athletes per event to
the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2016. Each NOC/NF can qualify a
maximum of one (1) athlete per gender.

10 Marathon Swimmers
(5 Men & 5 Women)

Continental Representation
The best ranked athlete in the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2016, not
yet qualified, from each of five (5) Continents will directly qualify. Should an
NOC/NF have previously qualified one (1) or two (2) swimmers, the next best
ranked athlete from the same continent, not yet qualified, in the ranking of the
FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2016 event will qualify to ensure that
each of these competitions yields a competitor

beachmouse

The Americans have to file an Olympic team selection policy with the USOCwell out in the quadrennial. There’s a standard template each sports federation has to follow done in the language of American lawyer.

Relevant part of their policy in this case is here:

http://www.usaswimming.org/_Rainbow/Documents/a277fb1b-e7cd-4a6a-98e7-4f099f305472/16%20SOG%20OW%20SWI%20ATH%20update.pdf

“If the U.S has two men or two women or both finish in the top ten places in the First Qualifying Competition (Kazan) then both of those swimmers will be Nominate to the (Rio Olympic) Team for that gender.”

So as long as health and fitness are maintained, Wilimovsky and Ryan have the American slots.

Craig Lord

Thanks Beachmouse

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