Rio official: Water pollution targets won't be met

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil will not make good on its commitment to clean up Rio de Janeiro's sewage-filled Guanabara Bay by the 2016 Olympic Games, state environmental officials acknowledged in a letter obtained Saturday by The Associated Press. In the May 7 letter addressed to Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, Rio's state environment secretary, Carlos Francisco Portinho, asks for more funding for depollution efforts but acknowledges that at current investment rates, it will take more than a decade to significantly reduce the levels of pollution in the bay, where the Olympic sailing events are to be held.

O.W. Qualification System – Games of the XXXI Olympiad – RIO 2016

The IOC formally approved two open water swimming events: the men's 10 km marathon swim and the women's 10 km marathon swim.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved the qualification process for the marathon swimming event at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where the Olympic 10km Marathon Swim will be held along the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

This method is similar as for London'12 where Setubal'12 was the only Olympic Qualifier Event for those that missed qualification at the World Championships in Shanghai'11

The qualification events are listed in hierarchical order of qualification.

Maarten van der Weijden: A look inside the mind of an Olympic Champion

On 21 August 2008, Beijing’s Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park was the venue for the inaugural 10km open water marathon race. The event culminated in a drama-packed sprint between three of the discipline’s giants, Maarten van der Weijden (NED), David Davies (GBR) and Thomas Lurz (GER), with the resilient Dutchman getting his tactics spot on to claim the gold medal.

In the video below, van der Weijden talks exclusively about that memorable day, sharing his thoughts with the same passion that propelled him to Olympic glory in China.

Van der Weijden’s story is certainly not run-of-the-mill. Born in 1981, he developed into a highly promising junior, specialising in long distances (400m and over) and clinching several Dutch Championship titles in the late 1990s. Subsequently deciding to focus on open water swimming, a discipline that would later be brought into the Olympic fold, in 2000 he recorded top 10 finishes in the 5km and 10km races at the FINA World Open Water Championships.

Ice Swimming Exhibition At Winter Olympics Cancelled

A number of renowned ice swimmers were invited to participate in a demonstration ice swimming event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games on February 2nd. The ice swimmers had planned to swim with a number of national flags behind the Olympic Torch to help usher in the Winter Olympics.

Keri-Anne Payne: a step back from swimming has reignited desire to compete in Rio

Keri-Anne Payne is targeting the 2016 Rio Olympics after recently competing in the host city.

The British Open water swimming star, who won a silver medal in the Beijing Olympics and who battled to fourth place in London 2012, took a step back from swimming in 2013 to recharge and consider her future plans.

However after competing in the 'King & Queen of the Sea' challenge in Copacabana, Brazil, where she and team-mate Chad Ho came second, she is even more determined to qualify for 2016.

Water pollution still a concern for Rio 2016′s open water swimming site

FINA announced that it will be keeping an eye on the water quality around Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic venues after an AP report this week raised concerns about Rio’s progress in cleaning up polluted bodies of water in preparation for the Games.

Notable in the report: nearly 70 percent of Rio’s sewage goes untreated, being dumped or running off into waterways like Copacabana, where the open water swims are scheduled to take place in just 2 and a half years.

Poliana Okimoto, Ana Marcela Cunha Take 10K Gold-Silver

s predicted, the 52 women from 32 countries are wasting are no time. At the start of today's 10 km world championship race in Barcelona, the women are characteristically efficient, focused, and fast.

None perhaps more so than 2-time Olympian Keri-Anne Payne. After marriage, a lay-off, and the disappointment of her fourth place finish in the 10K marathon swim at the 2012 London Olympics, Payne is back and swimming well.

But so is her arch-rival Éva Risztov, the Hungarian who upset Payne in London (shown drinking).

Taking a page out of the British playbook, Risztov blasted out towards the front and pushed the pace throughout the 10 km 6-loop race in the Serpentine last summer. This summer in Barcelona, she is sticking to the plan under the flat-water, no-wind conditions this afternoon.

Mellouli, Payne back in the open water at worlds

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia and two-time world champion Keri-Anne Payne of Britain are back in open water after reconsidering their plans following the London Games.

And both swimmers were quick to question a new maximum water temperature put in place by the sport's governing body this week.

Mellouli will be among the favorites for Saturday's 5-kilometer event, which represents the first medals handed out at the world swimming championships, while Payne is concentrating on defending her two consecutive titles in the 10K race Tuesday.

While content with the mild water temperature in Barcelona's harbor, swimmers criticized the conditions as dirty and smelly, partly due to a recent rainstorm that appeared to spread pollution and also due to a line of large yachts along the course running their motors.