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Current Olympic champion Ana Marcela Cunha will be able to defend her title in Paris-2024. The Brazilian stamped her passport for the Olympic Games in the French capital this Saturday morning (03), by placing fifth in the 10km open water race at the World Aquatics Championships, in Doha, Qatar. Viviane Jungblut ended up in 14th place and is now awaiting confirmation from World Aquatics to find out if she will also qualify.
Ana Marcela did an increasing test to guarantee a place in her fourth Olympic edition. She started behind, appearing in 25th place at the end of the first lap, but was already 13th in the second split. The Brazilian increased her stroke pace from the third lap onwards and managed to reach seventh place. She remained in the top-10 for the following laps and concluded the race in fifth place, with 1h57min31s10.
The 31-year-old Bahian was present in Beijing-2008, Rio-2016 and Tokyo-2020, where she won an unprecedented gold medal for the Brazilian water marathon. The competition in Paris-2024 will take place on the River Seine, starting at the Pont Alexandre III, on August 8, at 2:30 am (Brasília time).
No Olympic place narrowly
The World Cup distributed direct places to the top 13 in the competition. Viviane Jungblut finished in 14th place, with 1h57min39s30, and was close to qualifying. Still, she could win a place, depending on the interpretation of the World Aquatics Olympic qualification system. France had two athletes in the top-13 and, according to the rules, one of the places must be reallocated, which would benefit the Brazilian. However, the international federation’s own text contradicts itself by informing that relocation can only be done for an athlete from a country that does not yet have a place.
The Dutch Sharon Van Rouwendaal, Olympic champion at Rio-2016, won the gold medal at the World Championships in Doha, with 1h57min26.80. Spain’s Maria de Valdes took silver, clocking 1:57:26.90, while Portugal’s Angelica André took bronze, clocking 1:57:28.20.
22 years old from São Paulo. Journalist graduated from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). I’ve been at Olimpíada Todo Dia since 2022. I covered the World University Games in Chengdu and the Pan-American Games in Santiago-2023.