SETUBAL BAY, Portugal. June 9. THE women’s 2012 FINA Olympic 10kmMarathon Swimming Qualifier will be held today in Portugal’sSetubal Bay at 4 p.m. Portugal time (or 8 a.m. Pacific Time).
The Qualifier in Setubal Bay is essentially a swim-off within a race within a qualifier: it is the ultimate strategichead-to-head competition in 61?F water. Athletes will be racing against their teammates for only thefastest in each country has a chance to go. The top 10 have achance to qualify for the Olympics, if they are the fastest oftheir country. Then, in a complicated formula, the top finisher ineach of the 5 continents will qualify. For example, if there is noathlete from the continent from Africa in the top 10 finishers,then the fastest swimmer from the continent of Africa will qualify.[Note: in this case, it is practically a race between the Egyptianand South Africans).
The stakes, the pressure and the pay-off could not be higher. The following 41 women are entered and ready to enter this battle:no lanes, no lines, no walls…no mercy. Inha Kotsur (AZE) Nadine Williams vs. Zsofia Balazs (CAN) Xue Li vs. Personalized Watch Boxes
Yanqiao Fang (CHN) Karla Sitic (CRO) Alexandra Philippa Panayides vs. Irene Kyza (CYP) Nataly Caldas Calle (ECU) Laila El-Bassiouni (EGY) Ophelie Aspord vs. Corali Codvelle (FRA) Wing Yung Natasha Terri Tang vs. Fiona On-Yi Chan (HKG) Anna Olasz vs. Eva Risztov (HUN) Yumi Kida (JPN) Rania El Abdi vs. Leather Cigar Box Manufacturer
Omaima Moufid (MAR) Heidi Gan (MAS) Lizeth Rueda Santos vs. Alejandra Gonzalez Lara (MEX) Maaike Waaijer vs. Linsy Heister (NED) Charlotte Webby vs. Cara Baker (NZL) Natalia Charlos (POL) Daniela Pinto vs. Ang?lica Andr? (POR) Jessica Roux vs. Gift Packaging Boxes
Natalie du Toit (RSA) Anna Guseva vs. Ekaterina Seliverstova (RUS) Zupan Teja (SLO) Ellen Olsson (SWE) Olga Beresnyeva vs. Al’Ona Berbasova (UKR) Haley Anderson vs. Ashley Twichell (USA) Yanel Pinto vs. Carla D?az (VEN) Watch the swim-offs and Olympic qualification races live onPortuguese television ( here ) or online ( here or here today at 4 pm Portugal time today.
Courtesy of Open Water Source.