MEDALS AND OLYMPIC QUALIFICATIONS ROLL IN FOR ATHLETES OF THE AMERICAS AT DOHA 2024
Just five days into the action of the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, four countries of the Americas have already conquered medals with many athletes also securing Olympic qualification in their events.
Mexico and Canada lead the continent on the medal table thanks to their new World Champions Osmar Olvera (diving) and Jacqueline Simoneau (artistic swimming), respectively.
Four countries of the Americas have combined to earn an outstanding eight medals at the Doha 2024 World Aquatics Championships within the first week of the competitions. Mexico and Canada lead the pack with each claiming a gold medal thanks to outstanding performances by their athletes.
Mexico topped the podium first, as three-time Pan American Games champion at Santiago 2023, Osmar Olvera, claimed his first World Champion title in the 1m springboard event. The victory marks Mexico’s second gold medal in the history of the World Aquatics Championships.
Fresh off being crowned as the Best Male Athlete of Santiago 2023 at the Panam Sports Awards last December, Olvera dominated the competition with a score of 431.75, more than 35 points ahead of all other competitors.
In addition to Olvera, the Mexican diving team has combined for a silver and bronze medal. The silver was won by the mixed team of Gabriela Agundez, Randal Willars, Jahir Ocampo and Aranza Vazquez in the 3m & 10m combined team competition. Kevin Berlin and Alejandra Estudillo added the bronze in the mixed 10m synchronized event.
The Mexican artistic swimming duo of Miranda Barrera and Diego Villalobos also claimed the bronze medal in the mixed duet technical routine with a score of 217.5192.
Canada’s new World Champion was also crowned in the discipline of artistic swimming, as the Lima 2019 and Toronto 2015 double gold medalist Jacqueline Simoneau won the women’s solo free competition with an impressive score of 264.8207. Simoneau also won Canada’s only other medal at the World Championships so far, claiming the silver in the women’s solo technical routine competition with a score of 269.2767, just three points behind the gold medalist from Greece.
Colombia has also achieved its first medal of the World Championships thanks to Gustavo Sanchez in the artistic swimming men’s solo technical routine event, earning the bronze medal with a score of 231.
Before the swimming events begin, the United States has also reached the podium in artistic swimming with a bronze medal performance in the team acrobatic competition. Anita Alvarez, Jaime Czarkowski, Nicole Dzurko, Keana Hunter, Audrey Kwon, Calista Liu, Bill May and Daniella Ramirez put on a show to score 242.2300 points and come home with the medal.
In addition to the medalists, an outstanding 11 other athletes, duos and teams have qualified to the Paris 2024 Olympics in their respective disciplines.
Mexico leads the way with four athletes and duos having qualified to the Olympics along with their medalists counterparts, including: Martha Sandoval (open water swimming), Paulo Strehlke (open water swimming), Osmar Olvera and Rodrigo Diego (synchronized 3m springboard) and Alejandra Orozco and Gabriela Agundez (synchronized 10m platform).
Team USA has qualified two athletes in addition to the acrobatic team in artistic swimming, with Mariah Denigan and Ivan Puskovitch each earning qualification in the 10km open water swimming events.
Brazil has also qualified two athletes in the open water swimming competition, led by Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion Ana Marcela Cunha and five-time Pan American Games medalist Viviane Jungblot.
Canada’s two Olympic qualifiers have come courtesy of the diving duo Caeli McKay and Katie Miller in the synchronized 10m platform event, while Emma Finlin earned qualification in the women’s open water swimming competition.
Ecuador is the final country of the Americas to have secured Olympic qualification thus far at the World Championships, with David Farinango booking a ticket to Paris 2024 in the men’s open water swimming event.
Panam Sports congratulates all of the medalists and Olympic qualifiers of the Americas so far and can’t wait to celebrate the athletes who are sure to reach the podium and the Olympic Games as the World Aquatics Championships continue through February 18.