Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Qualification

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For the swimming competitions at the 2008 Olympics the following qualification systems were in place.

Pool: Individual Events[edit]

A National Olympic Committee (NOC) may enter up to 2 qualified athletes in each individual event if both meet the A standard, or 1 athlete per event if they meet the B standard. An NOC may also enter a maximum of 1 qualified relay team per event. NOCs may enter swimmers regardless of time (1 swimmer per sex) if they have no swimmers meeting qualifying B standard.

The qualifying time standards must be obtained in Continental Championships, National Olympic Trials or International Competitions approved by FINA in the period March 15, 2007 to July 15, 2008.

FINA Qualifying Standards are as follows:[1]

Men's Events Women's Events
Event Men's A Men's B Event Women's A Women's B
Men's 50 metre freestyle 22.35 23.13 Women's 50 metre freestyle 25.43 26.32
Men's 100 metre freestyle 49.23 50.95 Women's 100 metre freestyle 55.24 57.17
Men's 200 metre freestyle 1:48.72 1:52.53 Women's 200 metre freestyle 1:59.30 2:03.50
Men's 400 metre freestyle 3:49.95 3:58.00 Women's 400 metre freestyle 4:11.26 4:20.05
- - - Women's 800 metre freestyle 8:36.00 8:54.04
Men's 1500 metre freestyle 15:13.16 15:45.12 - - -
Men's 100 metre backstroke 55.14 57.07 Women's 100 metre backstroke 1:01.70 1:03.86
Men's 200 metre backstroke 1:59.72 2:03.90 Women's 200 metre backstroke 2:12.73 2:17.40
Men's 100 metre breaststroke 1:01.57 1:03.72 Women's 100 metre breaststroke 1:09.00 1:11.43
Men's 200 metre breaststroke 2:13.70 2:18.37 Women's 200 metre breaststroke 2:28.20 2:33.40
Men's 100 metre butterfly 52.86 54.70 Women's 100 metre butterfly 59.35 1:01.43
Men's 200 metre butterfly 1:57.67 2:01.80 Women's 200 metre butterfly 2:10.84 2:15.42
Men's 200 metre individual medley 2:01.40 2:05.65 Women's 200 metre individual medley 2:15.27 2:20.00
Men's 400 metre individual medley 4:18.40 4:27.45 Women's 400 metre individual medley 4:45.10 4:55.06

Pool: Relays[edit]

The 2008 Olympics relay field consisted of 16 teams per event. These spots were allocated to:

  • the top 12 finishers at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships;
  • the fastest 4 teams not qualified via the 2007 Worlds, based on performances from April 2007-July 2008.

Men's 4×100 m freestyle relay[edit]

Competition Qualifiers (16)
2007
World Championships
[2]
(12)
 Australia  Brazil  Canada  France
 Germany  Great Britain  Italy  Japan
 South Africa  Sweden  Switzerland  United States
World Ranking
(4)
 China  Netherlands  New Zealand  Russia

Men's 4×200 m freestyle relay[edit]

Competition Qualifiers (16)
2007
World Championships
[3]
(12)
 Australia  Brazil  Canada  France
 Germany  Great Britain  Greece  Japan
 Italy  Poland  Russia  United States
World Ranking
(4)
 Austria  South Africa  China  Hungary

Men's 4×100 m medley relay[edit]

Competition Qualifiers (16)
2007
World Championships
[4]
(12)
 Australia  Belarus  Brazil

 France

 Great Britain  Italy  Japan  New Zealand
 Romania  Russia  South Africa

 Ukraine

World Ranking
(4)
 Canada  Croatia  Sweden  United States

Women's 4×100 m freestyle relay[edit]

Competition Qualifiers (16)
2007
World Championships
[5]
(12)
 Australia  Belarus  Canada  China
 France  Germany  Great Britain  Netherlands
 New Zealand  Sweden  Ukraine  United States
World Ranking
(4)
 Belgium  Brazil  Finland  Japan

Women's 4×200 m freestyle relay[edit]

Competition Qualifiers (16)
2007
World Championships
[6]
(12)
 Australia  Canada  China  France
 Germany  Great Britain  Japan  Netherlands
 New Zealand  Spain  Sweden  United States
World Ranking
(4)
 Denmark  Hungary  Italy  Poland

Women's 4×100 m medley relay[edit]

Competition Qualifiers (16)
2007
World Championships
[7]
(12)
 Australia  Canada  China  France
 Germany  Great Britain  Italy  Japan
 Russia  Sweden  Ukraine  United States
World Ranking
(4)
 Brazil  Netherlands  South Africa  Spain

Open Water: Marathon[edit]

The 2008 Olympics mark the debut of an "open water" swimming even at the Olympics; for which a male and female 10-kilometer race was held at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park.

A nation could qualify up to two marathon swimmers per event, but only 25 swimmers competed in both the men's and women's 10-kilometer races.[8] Those 25 spots were allocated/awarded as follows:

Men's 10 km[edit]

Event Location Date Vacancies Qualified
2008 Open Water
World Championships
[9]
Spain Seville May 3–4, 2008 10 Russia Vladimir Dyatchin
United Kingdom David Davies
Germany Thomas Lurz
Netherlands Maarten van der Weijden
Russia Evgeny Drattsev
Australia Ky Hurst
United States Mark Warkentin
Italy Valerio Cleri
Greece Spyridon Gianniotis
Belgium Brian Ryckeman
Continental
Representation*
5**
France Gilles Rondy
Mexico Luis Escobar
Egypt Mohamed El Zanaty
Syria Saleh Mohammad
Host Nation= 1 China Xin Tong
Olympic Marathon Swim
Qualifier[10]
China Beijing May 31 - Jun 1, 2008 9 Bulgaria Petar Stoychev
Hungary Csaba Gercsák
Czech Republic Rostislav Vitek
South Africa Chad Ho
Venezuela Erwin Maldonado
Brazil Allan do Carmo
Argentina Damián Blaum
Spain Francisco Jose Hervas
Portugal Arseniy Lavrentyev**
TOTAL 25

* The first eligible finisher from each of the five Continents at the 2008 Open Water World Championship.
** Since Australia was the only Oceanian country at the 2008 OW WC and the country had a qualifier in the top-10, Oceania did not receive any continental berth and the place redistributed to the Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier for allocation.

Women's 10 km[edit]

Event Location Date Vacancies Qualified
2008 Open Water Swimming
World Championships
Spain Seville May 3–4, 2008 10 Russia Larisa Ilchenko
United Kingdom Cassandra Patten
Spain Yurema Requena
South Africa Natalie du Toit
Czech Republic Jana Pechanová
Brazil Poliana Okimoto
Germany Angela Maurer
United Kingdom Keri Anne Payne
France Aurélie Muller
Brazil Ana Marcela Cunha
Continental
Representation*
5**
Netherlands Edith van Dijk
China Fang Yanqiao***
Venezuela Andreina Pinto
Australia Melissa Gorman
Host Nation= 1***
Olympic Marathon Swim
Qualifier
China Beijing May 31 - Jun 1, 2008 9 United States Chloe Sutton
Italy Martina Grimaldi
Greece Marianna Lymperta
Ukraine Nataliya Samorodina
Chile Kristel Köbrich
Mexico Imelda Martinez
Sweden Eva Berglund
Slovenia Teja Zupan
Argentina Antonella Bogarin**
Portugal Daniela Inacio***
TOTAL 25

* The first eligible finisher from each of the five continents at the 2008 Open Water World Championships. Basically the top finisher from each continent that was outside the top-10 finishers, and from a country who did not have a finisher in the top-10.
**Because South Africa was the only African country at the championships and they had Natalie du Toit qualify for the Olympics via her top-10 finish at the 2008 Open Water World Championships, the Africa continental berth was not allocated to the other South African entrant in the race. The entry allocation instead was added to those available for awarding at the Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier.
***The Host Nation allocated entry was only if China did not have someone qualify in another fashion. China's Fang Yanqiao qualified at the 2008 Open Water World Championships via the Asia Continental Representative allocation, and therefore the Host Nation allocated spot became available at the Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier.
****The Olympic committee of Israel did not approve the participation of Daniel Katzir (men) and Olga Berenseva (women) in the Olympic team, as their results were not good enough to make the national Olympic criteria. Their appeals to court against this decision were denied.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Qualifying Procedures for Swimming" (PDF). FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-03-04. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  2. ^ "FINA World Championships Men's 4x100 m Freestyle Qualification Results" (PDF). FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  3. ^ "FINA World Championships Men's 4x200 m Freestyle Qualification Results" (PDF). FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  4. ^ "FINA World Championships Men's 4x100 m Medley Qualification Results" (PDF). FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-04-06. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  5. ^ "FINA World Championships Women's 4x100 m Freestyle Qualification Results" (PDF). FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  6. ^ "FINA World Championships Women's 4x200 m Freestyle Qualification Results" (PDF). FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-04-09. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  7. ^ "FINA World Championships Women's 4x100 m Medley Qualification Results" (PDF). FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-04-06. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  8. ^ "Olympic Swimming Qualifying Procedures". FINA. Retrieved 2008-04-13. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Men's 10K results Archived 2008-05-28 at the Wayback Machine. from the 2008 Open Water Worlds.
  10. ^ Event page Archived 2009-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. from the Open Water "Good Luck Beijing" test-event for the 2008 Olympics.

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