Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's marathon 10 kilometre

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Women's marathon swimming
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
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The race was held in the Serpentine lake
Venue The Serpentine, Hyde Park
Dates August 9, 2012
Competitors 25 from 25 nations
Winning time 1:57:38.2
1st, gold medalist(s) Éva Risztov  Hungary
2nd, silver medalist(s) Haley Anderson  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Martina Grimaldi  Italy
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The women's marathon swimming over a distance of 10 kilometres at the 2012 Olympic Games in London took place on 9 August in the Serpentine at Hyde Park in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Hungary's Éva Risztov ended her eight-year absence from Olympic action to capture the women's 10 km marathon title in open water swimming. Leading most of the stretch in a grueling race, she held off a late resistant surge from American teen Haley Anderson on the last 50 metres to slam the timing touch pads and claim her first Olympic gold medal in 1:57:38.2.[2][3] Swimming into the sixth and final lap, Anderson mounted a serious challenge against Italy's Martina Grimaldi for two more Olympic medals, but finished closely behind Risztov by 0.4 seconds with a silver-medal time in 1:57:38.6.[4][5] Meanwhile, Grimaldi stunned the entire home crowd that lined the lake in one of London's iconic parks, as she picked off Great Britain's overwhelming favorite Keri-Anne Payne (1:57:42.2) by a small fraction of a second for the bronze in 1:57:41.8.[6][7]

Germany's Angela Maurer dropped off from the leading pack before the final stretch to fifth in 1:57:52.8, while Australia's Melissa Gorman, who opened the race with an early lead, faded further from the field to eleventh in 1:58:53.1.[7][8]

Among the twenty-five swimmers registered in the field, two of them were unable to finish the race, while the other one did not officially compete.[7] South Africa's Jessica Roux was pulled from the water halfway through the race to seek medical attention, while Brazil's Poliana Okimoto, who started the race in fourteenth but steadily fell back to twentieth with only two laps left, fainted from dehydration after she was hauled into one of the safety boats.[9][10]


The women's 10 km open water marathon at the 2012 Olympics featured a field of 25 swimmers:

  • 10: the top-10 finishers in the 10 km race at the 2011 FINA World Championships.[11]
  • 9: the top-9 finishers at the 2012 Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier (8–9 June 2012 in Setúbal, Portugal).[12][13]
  • 5: one representative from each FINA continent (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania). (These were selected based on the finishes at the qualifying race in Setúbal.)
  • 1: from the host nation (Great Britain) if not qualified by other means. If Great Britain already had a qualifier in the race, this spot was allocated back into the general pool from the 2012 qualifying race.


Rank Athlete Nation Time Time
1st, gold medalist(s) Éva Risztov  Hungary 1:57:38.2
2nd, silver medalist(s) Haley Anderson  United States 1:57:38.6 +0.4 Warning
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Martina Grimaldi  Italy 1:57:41.8 +3.6
4 Keri-Anne Payne  Great Britain 1:57:42.2 +4.0
5 Angela Maurer  Germany 1:57:52.8 +14.6 Warning
6 Ophelie Aspord  France 1:58:43.1 +1:04.9
Olga Beresnyeva  Ukraine 1:58:44.4 +1:06.2 DSQ[14]
7 Erika Villaécija García  Spain 1:58:49.5 +1:11.3
8 Jana Pechanová  Czech Republic 1:58:52.8 +1:14.6
9 Anna Guseva  Russia 1:58:53.0 +1:14.8
10 Melissa Gorman  Australia 1:58:53.1 +1:14.9 Warning
11 Karla Šitić  Croatia 1:58:54.7 +1:16.5
12 Yumi Kida  Japan 1:58:59.1 +1:20.9 Warning
13 Yanel Pinto  Venezuela 1:59:05.8 +1:27.6
14 Natalia Charlos  Poland 1:59:58.7 +2:20.5 Warning
15 Heidi Gan  Malaysia 2:00:45.0 +3:06.8
16 Cecilia Biagioli  Argentina 2:01:02.2 +3:24.0
17 Zsofia Balazs  Canada 2:01:17.8 +3:39.6
18 Swann Oberson  Switzerland 2:01:38.0 +3:59.8
19 Natasha Tang  Hong Kong 2:02:33.4 +4:55.2
20 Lizeth Rueda  Mexico 2:02:46.1 +5:07.9
21 Marianna Lymperta  Greece 2:04:26.5 +6:48.3
023 Poliana Okimoto  Brazil DNF
023 Jessica Roux  South Africa DNF
025 Fang Yanqiao  China DNS


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  2. ^ Newby, Christine (9 August 2012). "Haley Anderson Earns First Open Water Medal for Team USA". Team USA. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Tucker, Wayne (10 August 2012). "Hungary's Eva Risztov claims 10km open water swim after sprint finish". The Australian. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  4. ^ St. Clair, Stacy (9 August 2012). "Anderson wins silver in women's marathon swim". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Risztov wins women's marathon swimming gold, Anderson 2nd". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Fordyce, Tom (9 August 2012). "Keri-Anne Payne fourth as Risztov wins Olympic open water swim". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "2012 London Olympics: Hungary's Eva Risztov Captures Women's 10K Gold; USA's Haley Anderson, Italy's Martina Grimaldi Round Out Podium". Swimming World Magazine. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bruised Melissa Gorman finishes brave 11th in women's 10km swim". News Corp Australia. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Linden, Julian (9 August 2012). "Risztov wins women's marathon swimming gold". Reuters. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Mihoches, Gary (9 August 2012). "USA's Haley Anderson claims silver in 10K swim". USA Today. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "FINA World Championships, Open Water: Keri-Anne Payne Claims Women's 10K Title". Swimming World Magazine. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "FINA Press Release 2010–79: FINA Bureau Meeting in Dubai (UAE)". London 2012. FINA. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "USA's Haley Anderson Wins Women's 10K Qualifier, Earns Olympic Bid". Swimming World Magazine. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Ukrainian swimmer Olga Beresnyeva disqualified and excluded from the Olympic Games London 2012 after failing re-analysis of samples". Olympics. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 

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