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Wilimovsky and Heron secure world champs places in Miami

by ZwemZa on May 3rd, 2019

Jordan Wilimovsky (USA Swimming)

Jordan Wilimovsky and David Heron both qualified for the 2019 Fina World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, on Friday at the 2019 USA Open Water National Championships.

They were the top two U.S. finishers during Friday’s 10km race in Miami.

Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy won the race overall, followed by Wilimovsky, Italy’s Domenico Acerenza and Heron.

Paltrinieri ran away with the victory as he established a full minute gap just after passing the halfway mark, ending up winning by over a minute and a half, clocking a time of 1:49:25.37. Best known for his accomplishments in the pool, as he is the reigning Olympic and the two-time defending World Champion in the 1500 freestyle.

Both U.S. swimmers can automatically qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics if they finish in the top 10 at worlds, which begin in July in Gwangju, South Korea.

in the event that no male or no female swimmer from the US finishes in the top 10 at World Championships, US swimmers would have to go through another qualification process, which is another competition next year. However, the country can then advance just one swimmer of each gender at this “final eliminator”.

This is the only opportunity that any country has to gain two qualifiers in the 10km Marathon Swimming event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Men 10km Results


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