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Olympic 10K Marathon Swim course description at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Copacabana Beach
Copacabana Beach with hundreds of thousands of onlookers during the evening prior to Rolling Stones’ concert in 2006 where the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will be held
Ipanema Beach on the left and Copacabana Beach on the right in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Thomas Lurz and volunteers help disabled athletes enjoy the Atlantic Ocean via the Praia Para Todos program offered by the Institute Novo Ser

Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is a 4 km beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world. And is site of several open water swims, including the King and Queen of the Sea (Rei e Rainha do Mar) and beach volleyball tournaments. It will also be site of the Olympic 10km Marathon Swim at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Characteristics

Copacabana begins at Princesa Isabel Avenue and ends at Posto Seis (lifeguard watchtower Six). Beyond Copacabana, there are two small beaches: one, inside Fort Copacabana and other, right after it: Diabo ("Devil") Beach. Arpoador beach, where surfers used to go after its perfect waves, comes in the sequence, followed by the famous borough of Ipanema. The area will be one of the four "Olympic Zones" during the 2016 Summer Olympics.

According to Riotur, the Tourism Secretariat of Rio de Janeiro, there are 63 hotels and 10 hostels in Copacabana.

Copacabana Beach

Copacabana beach stretches from Posto Dois (lifeguard watchtower Two) to Posto Seis (lifeguard watchtower Six). Leme is at Posto Um (lifeguard watchtower One). There are historic forts at both ends of Copacabana beach; Fort Copacabana, built in 1914, is at the south end by Posto Seis and Fort Duque de Caxias, built in 1779, at the north end. One curiosity is that the lifeguard watchtower of Posto Seis never existed.

Hotels, restaurants, bars, night clubs and residential buildings dot the promenade.

Copacabana Beach plays host to millions of revelers during the annual New Year's Eve celebrations and, in most years, has been the official venue of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Locations of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim

In the modern Olympic Games, the early swimming events were also held in open bodies of water that included the following:

  • 1896 Athens Olympics (Games of the I Olympiad): Bay of Zea off the Piraeus coast, Aegean Sea, Greece
  • 1900 Paris Olympics (Games of the III Olympiad): Seine River, Paris, France
  • 1904 St. Louis Olympics (Games of the III Olympiad): Man-made pond near Skinker and Wydown Boulevards, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
  • 1906 Athens Intercalated Games: Neo Phaliron Bay off the coast of Athens, Greece

Olympic 10K Test Event

2007 Pan American Games 10 km Marathon Swim


Chloe Sutton (USA) and Poliana Okimoto (Brazil) finished first and second in the 10 km marathon swim on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results

Gold Sharon Van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) 1:56:32.1
Silver Rachele Bruni (Italy) 1:56:49.5
Bronze: Poliana Okimoto (Brazil) 1:56:51.4
4. Xin Xin (China) 1:57:14.4
5. Haley Anderson (United States) 1:57:20.2
6. Isabelle Härle (Germany) 1:57:22.1
7. Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain) 1:57:23.9
8. Anastasiia Krapivina (Russia) 1:57:25.9
9. Samantha Arevalo (Ecuador) 1:57:27.2
10. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 1:57:29.0
11. Kalliopi Araouzou (Greece) 1:57:31.6
12. Yumi Kida (Japan) 1:57:35.2
13. Éva Risztov (Hungary) 1:57:42.8
14. Anna Olasz (Hungary) 1:57:45.5
15. Chelsea Gubecka (Australia) 1:58:12.7
16. Spela Perse (Slovenia) 1:58:59.6
17. Erika Villaecija (Spain) 1:59:04.8
18. Michelle Weber (South Africa) 1:59:05.0
19. Jana Pechanova (Czech Republic) 1:59:07.7
20. Paola Perez (Venezuela) 1:59:07.7
21. Heidi Gan (Malaysia) 1:59:07.9
22. Joanna Zachoszcz (Poland) 1:59:20.4
23. Stephanie Horner (Canada) 1:59:22.1
24. Vânia Neves (Portugal) 2:01:39.3
25. Reem Mohamed Husein Elsayed Kaseem (Egypt) 2:05:19.1
DSQ Aurélie Muller (France)

World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns

Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro was selected as one of the World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

2016 Rio Olympic Games Marathon Swim Coverage

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