Olympic 10K Marathon Swim

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Women's start station at the 2008 Beijing Olympic 10K Marathon Swim
Aerial view of Hyde Park and the Serpentine where the Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km will occur at the 2012 London Olympics, photo by Tom Shaw of Getty Images
The Olympic 10K Marathon Swim is the culmination of elite world-class open water swimming and is the featured open water swimming event in the Olympic program. It is also referred to as the Olympic 10km Marathon Swim and, formally, as Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km.



Olympic 10K Marathon Swim

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At the 2012 London Olympics, 25 athletes will race six loops around a 10 km course in the Serpentine in Hyde Park in the center of London. 25 women will race on 9 August 2012; 25 men will race on 10 August 2012. Keri-Anne Payne of Great Britain is the gold medal favorite for the women; Thomas Lurz of Germany, Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece and Ous Mellouli of Tunisia are the medal favorites for the men.


The open water swimming superstars will be showcased in the world's greatest urban park in front of tens of thousands of spectators who will ring the lake.

The Serpentine is a 28-acre recreational lake in Hyde Park, created in 1730. The relatively shallow lake will be the site of the triathlon swim leg as well as of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim.

In 1730 Queen Caroline ordered the damming of the River Westbourne in Hyde Park as part of a general redevelopment of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. At that time, the Westbourne formed eleven natural ponds in the park. During the 1730s, the lake filled to its current size and shape. The redevelopment was carried out by Royal Gardener Charles Bridgeman, who dammed the Westbourne to create the artificial lake, and also dug a large pond in the centre of Kensington Gardens (the Round Pond) to be a focal point for pathways in the park.

At the time of construction, artificial lakes were long and straight. The Serpentine was one of the earliest artificial lakes designed to appear natural, and was widely imitated in parks and gardens nationwide. Little did anyone know during the lake's first 275 years that its shape would provide a highly technical course for the world's fastest open water swimmers at the 2012 London Olympics.


The inaugural Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was watched live by fans in 72 countries and was won by Larisa Ilchenko of Russia and Maarten van der Weijden of the Netherlands. The second Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympics was watched live by fans around the world and was won by Eva Risztov of Hungary and Ous Mellouli of Tunisia.


The first Olympic 10K Marathon Swim was held in a rowing basin at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The second Olympic 10K Marathon Swim will be held in the Serpentine, a man-made lake in Hyde Park in the center of London, England. The third Olympic 10K Marathon Swim will be held in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The inaugural Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was watched live by fans in 72 countries and was won by Larisa Ilchenko of Russia and Maarten van der Weijden of the Netherlands. It took place at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park. It was a new event on the program at the 2008 Games. The races, unlike all of the other swimming events, were held in open water rather than a swimming pool. No preliminary heats were held, with only the single mass-start race being contested.

The 25 swimmers qualified for the event by virtue of their placing at the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships held in Seville, Spain and the Good Luck Beijing Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Qualification Race held in Beijing, China.

2008 Beijing Olympic Games Men's Results

Gold: Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands) 1:51:51.6
Silver: David Davies (Great Britain) 1:51:53.1
Bronze: Thomas Lurz (Germany) 1:51:53.6
4. Valerio Cleri (Italy) 1:52:07.5
5. Evgeny Drattsev (Russia) 1:52:08.9
6. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria) 1:52:09.1
7. Brian Ryckeman (Belgium) 1:52:10.7
8. Mark Warkentin (United States) 1:52:13.0
9. Chad Ho (South Africa) 1:52:13.1
10. Erwin Leon Maldonado Savera (Venezuela) 1:52:13.6
11. Ky Hurst (Australia) 1:52:13.7
12. Igor Chervynskiy (Ukraine) 1:52:14.7
13. Francisco Jose Hervas (Spain) 1:52:16.
14. Allan do Carmo (Brazil) 1:52:16.6
15. Gilles Rondy (France) 1:52:16.7
16. Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece) 1:52:20.4
17. Rostislav Vitek (Czech Republic) 1:52:41.8
18. Luis Escobar (Mexico) 1:53:47.9
19. Saleh Mohammad (Syria) 1:54:37.7
20. Mohamed Elzanaty (Egypt) 1:55:17.0
21. Damian Blaum (Argentina) 1:55:48.6
22. Arseniy Lavrentyev (Portugal) 2:03:39.6
23. Xin Tong (China 2:09:13.4
Csaba Gercsak (Hungary) DNF
Vladimir Dyatchin (Russia) DSQ

2008 Beijing Olympic Games Women's Results

Gold: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia) 1:59:27.7
Silver: Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain) 1:59:29.2
Bronze: Cassandra Patten (Great Britain) 1:59:31.0
4. Angela Maurer (Germany) 1:59:31.9
5. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 1:59:36.8
6. Swann Oberson (Switzerland) 1:59:36.9
7. Poliana Okimoto (Brazil) 1:59:37.4
8. Jana Pechanová (Czech Republic) 1:59:39.7
9. Andreína del Valle Pinto Pérez (Venezuela) 1:59:40.0
10. Martina Grimaldi (Italy) 1:59:40.7
11. Marianna Lymperta (Greece) 1:59:42.3
12. Teja Zupan (Slovenia) 1:59:43.7
13. Yurema Requena (Spain) 1:59:46.9
14. Edith van Dijk (Netherlands) 2:00:02.8
15. Melissa Gorman (Australia) 2:00:33.6
16. Natalie du Toit South Africa 2:00:49.9
17. Daniela Inácio (Portugal) 2:00:59.0
18. Eva Berglund (Sweden) 2:01:05.0
19. Fang Yanqiao (China) 2:01:07.9
20. Imelda Martínez (Mexico) 2:01:07.9
21. Aurelie Muller (France) 2:02:04.1
22. Chloe Sutton (United States) 2:02:13.6
23. Natalya Samorodina (Ukraine) 2:10:41.6
24. Antonella Bogarin (Argentina) 2:11:35.9
Kristel Köbrich (Chile) DNF

2012 London Olympics

At the 2012 London Olympics, the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim will be held in a 6-loop course in the Serpentine, located in the middle of Hyde Park in London within minutes of Buckingham Palace in front of tens of thousands of fans and a worldwide TV audience. There will be 25 women and 25 men competing in their respective races.

2012 Olympic 10km Marathon Swim Women's Results

GOLD Eva Risztov (HUN) 1:57:38.2
SILVER Haley Anderson (USA) 1:57:38.6
BRONZE Martina Grimaldi (ITA) 1:57:41.8
4. Keri-Anne Payne (GBR) 1:57:42.2
5. Angela Maurer (GER) 1:57:52.8
6. Ophelie Aspord (FRA) 1:58:43.1
7. Olga Beresnyeva (UKR) 1:58:44.4
8. Erika Villaecija (ESP) 1:58:49.5
9. Jana Pechanova (CZE) 1:58:52.8
10. Anna Guseva (RUS) 1:58:53.0
11. Melissa Gorman (AUS) 1:58:53.1
12. Karla Sitic (CRO) 1:58:54.7
13. Yumi Kida (JPN) 1:58:59.1
14. Yanel Pinto (VEN) 1:59:05.8
15. Natalia Charlos (POL) 1:59:58.7
16. Heidi Gan (MAS) 2:00:45.0
17. Cecilia Biagioli (ARG) 2:01:02.2
18. Zsofia Balazs (CAN) 2:01:17.8
19. Swann Oberson (SUI) 2:01:38.0
20. Wing Yung Natasha Terri Tang (HKG) 2:02:33.4
21. Lizeth Rueda Santos (MEX) 2:02:46.1
22. Marianna Lymperta (GRE) 2:04:26.5
Poliana Okimoto (BRA) DNF
Jessica Roux (RSA) DNF
Yanqiao Fang (CHN) DNS

2012 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Men's Results

1. Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia - 1:49:55.1
2. Thomas Lurz of Germany - 1:49:58.5
3. Richard Weinberger of Canada - 1:50:00.3
4. Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece - 1:50:05.3
5. Daniel Fogg of Great Britain - 1:50:37.3
6. Sergey Bolshakov of Russia - 1:50:40.1
7. Vladimir Dyatchin of Russia - 1:50:42.8
8. Andreas Waschburger of Germany - 1:50:44.4
9. Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria - 1:50:46.2
10. Alex Meyer of the USA - 1:50:48.2
11. Julien Sauvage of France - 1:50:51.3
12. Troyden Prinsloo of South Africa - 1:50:52.9
13. Erwin Maldonado of Venezuela - 1:50:52.9
14. Igor Chervynskiy of Ukraine - 1:50:56.9
15. Yasunari Hirai of Japan - 1:51:20.1
16. Brian Ryckeman of Belgium - 1:51:27.1
17. Valerio Cleri of Italy - 1:51:29.5
18. Csaba Gercsak of Hungary - 1:51:30.9
19. Arseniy Lavrentyev of Portugal - 1:51:37.2
20. Ky Hurst of Australia - 1:51:41.3
21. Ivan Enderica Ochoa of Ecuador - 1:52:28.6
22. Yuriy Kudinov of Kazakhstan - 1:52:59.0
23. Francisco Jose Hervas of Spain - 1:53:27.8
24. Mazen Aziz Metwaly of Egypt - 1:54:33.2
25. Benjamin Schulte of Guam - 2:03:35.1

2012 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Male Qualifiers

1. Spyros Gianniotis (GRE)
2. Thomas Lurz (GER)
3. Sergey Bolshakov (RUS)
4. Alex Meyer (USA)
5. Ky Hurst (AUS)
6. Francisco Hervas (ESP)
7. Brian Ryckeman (BEL)
8. Julien Sauvage (FRA)
9. Vladimir Dyatchin (RUS)
10. Andreas Waschburger (GER)
11. Oussama Mellouli (TUN)
12. Richard Weinberger (CAN)
13. Petar Stoychev (BUL)
14. Valerio Cleri (ITA)
15. Troyden Prinsloo (RSA)
16. Yasunari Hirai (JPN)
17. Igor Chervynskiy (UKR)
18. Ivan Enderica Ochoa (ECU)
19. Arseniy Lavrentyev (POR)
20. Yuriy Kudinov (KAZ)
21. Erwin Maldonado (VEN)
22. Csaba Gercsak (HUN)
23. Benjamin Schulte (GUA)
24. Mazen Aziz (EGY)
25. Daniel Fogg (GBR)

2016 Rio Olympics

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim will be held on the world-famous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The first qualification race for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will be held at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Qualifications for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim

Qualifications for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympics are were conducted in Shanghai, China at the 2011 FINA World Championships and at the 2012 FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualification in Setubal Bay, Portugal. The 25 finalists will comprise of the following:

o The top 10 highest placing men and women from the 2011 World Championships to be held in Shanghai
o 1 man and 1 woman from Great Britain as the host country
o 9 men and 9 women from a second qualification swim to be held in Setubal Bay, Portugal in June 2012
o There will be a minimum of 5 male and 5 female continental representatives (i.e., 1 man and 1 women per continental region: Africa, Asia, Americas, Oceania and Europe)
o A test event will be held in London on August 13-14, 2011, possibly as part of the FINA World Cup

Leading Contenders

Information on the leading contenders is below:

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