Australian open water swimmer Chelsea Gubecka becomes the first Aussie athlete for the Paris 2024 Olympics squad.
Chelsea will compete in the 10km marathon swim in Paris after finishing third at the World Championships of Australia.
She expressed her excitement saying it doesn’t feel real at all. To be the first athlete selected is such an honor. The 25-year-old young swimmer will compete in the marathon swim in the River Seine for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Chelsea won a solo silver medal and a team bronze medal at the world championships in Fukuoka earlier this year. It was the performance that earned her an automatic qualifying spot for Paris. She was the first athlete confirmed on Australia’s Olympic team and will compete in the 10km open water event at the Games.
Why Swimming Tests Events of Olympic Games 2024 canceled?
Organizers of the Paris swimming events had to cancel the test event for the Olympic Games 2024 due to poor water quality. They canceled swimming test events for the World Triathlon Para Cup in the month of August 2023 over water quality concerns.
Heavy rain caused the water quality of the Seine River to dip below minimum health standards. It made the sewerage system of Paris overflow into the Seine River. It left Chelsea and other swimmers unable to compete.
Although event organizers at Seine River have now decided to launch the Open Water Swimming World Cup 2024. Paris is working on clean-up efforts to make the Seine swimmable again.
Chelsea says that she doesn’t have too much concern and she knows the mayor and the town are really trying their hardest. She added they are really considering their options. And they are going to try to make sure we swimmers have the best experience possible.
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