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2020 Feminine Open Water Swimmer of the Yr: Anastasia Kirpichnikova, RUS
20-year-old Anastasia Kirpichnikova rose shortly in open water this yr, profitable 10Okay races at each Russia’s and France’s open water championships.
A pool swimmer previous to 2020, Kirpichnikova jumped into open water in September of this yr, and what a debut it was. The gap swimmer crushed the sphere on the Russian Championships, going 2:09:06.three to win the race by 11 seconds. That earned her some key factors towards an Olympic berth.
No Russian ladies completed within the prime 10 of the 10Okay on the 2019 World Championships, which might have been an computerized Olympic berth. The second qualifying occasion is the Olympic choice occasion in Fukuoka subsequent Could. Russia will determine who to enter within the occasion primarily based on finishes on the Russian Championships and several other different early 2021 meets. Kirpichnikova, as new as she is to open water, jumps to the entrance of that checklist along with her Russian title.
Only a few weeks later, Kirpichnikova gained extra helpful momentum, heading to Jablines to win the French Open Water Championships. That race was particularly spectacular for Kirpichnikova, who gained by two seconds and beat three-time Open Water Swammy award-winner Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil.
Kirpichnikova might probably signify Russia in each pool and open water swimming on the Summer season Olympics in 2021. She’s at present coaching with French coach Philippe Lucas, who beforehand skilled one other Swammy alumnus, Sharon van Rouwendaal, who was a dual-threat between the pool and open water and gained the 2016 Olympic gold medal in open water swimming.