Jordan Wilimovsky, David Heron Make Worlds at Open Water Nationals 10K

Jordan Wilimovsky and David Heron. Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross

Jordan Wilimovsky and David Heron qualified for the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, on Friday at the 2019 USA Open Water National Championships.

They were the top two U.S. finishers during Friday’s 10K in Miami.

Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy won the race overall (1:49:25.37), followed by Wilimovsky (1:50:57.35), Italy’s Mario Sanzullo (1:51:41.21) and Heron (1:52:22.03).


Check out what happened in the women’s 10K here.

Both U.S. swimmers can automatically qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics if they finish in the top 10 at worlds, which begin in July in Gwangju, South Korea.

If no male or no female swimmer from the U.S. finishes in the top 10 at Worlds, U.S. swimmers would have to go through another qualification process, which is another competition next year. However, the country can then advance just one swimmer of each gender.

For example, if just one male or just one female swimmer from the U.S. finishes in the top 10 at FINA Worlds, the U.S. wouldn’t be allowed to qualify another swimmer of that sex. If none of the U.S.’s male swimmers or female swimmers qualify, the U.S. could then only qualify at most one swimmer from that sex in the designated qualifying event next year.


Top eight finishers: Paltrinieri, Wilimovsky, Sanzullo, Heron, Brinegar, Gravley, Johansson, Casey; Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross


Gregorio Paltrinieri, Jordan Wilimovsky and Mario Sanzullo; Photo Courtesy: Andy Ross

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