Poliana Okimoto

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5 km Team Pursuit bronze medalists Allan do Carmo, Samuel De Bona, and Poliana Okimoto of Brazil at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona
Poliana Okimoto, an Olympic 10K Marathon Swim medal contender
Poliana Okimoto, 2007 Pan American Games
Poliana Okimoto
Poliana Okimoto
Husband and coach Ricardo Cintra with world champion Poliana Okimoto of Brazil on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro at the Rei e Rainha do Mar event
Poliana Okimoto Cintra is a world-class professional Brazilian open water swimmer. She was the top-ranked FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup swimmer in the 2010 season when she was named the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. She was also named 2013 Swimming World Magazine's Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year and Premio Brasil Olimpico due to her 3-medal performance at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain in the 5 km solo race, 5 km team pursuit relay competition, and the 10 km marathon swim.

She also won the 2013 King and Queen of the Sea (Desafio Rei e Rainha do Mar) together with Samuel de Bona on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as well as the 10 km La Patagones Viedma, the opening leg of the 2014 FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit.

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[edit] Awards

Okimoto was honored as Brazil's Top Athlete in 2013; the Premio Brasil Olimpico is the most prestigious sports award given by the Brazilian Olympic Committee. She also received the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award from the World Open Water Swimming Association and was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

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[edit] Olympic 10K Marathon Swim

She competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she finished 7th in the women's 10 km race. She also swam at the 2008 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Sevilla, Spain and qualified for the 2012 women's Olympic 10K Marathon Swim.

As a former pool swimmer turned marathon swimmer who overcame her trepidation of the open water, Okimoto was the silver medalist in the women's 10 km Marathon Swim at both the 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games and won the overall title of the 2010 FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup series. She has also won the 2013 FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Hong Kong on 5 October 2013 and the professional category at the New World Harbour Race in Hong Kong on 6 October 2013. She is coached by her husband Ricardo Cintra.

[edit] FINA World Championships

Poliana placed 6th (2:02:13.6) in the 2011 FINA World Championships in the 10K Marathon Swim in Shanghai, China which qualified her for her second Olympics at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She finished second in the 5 km race at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain on 20 July 2013.

Poliana won the gold medal in the 10 km marathon swim at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain on 23 July 2 days after capturing a silver medal in the 5 km race in addition to a bronze medal in the 5 km Team Pursuit later in the competition.

[edit] 2012 Olympic Marathon Swim Finalists

The women's finalists in the Olympic 10km Marathon Swim, with plenty of medal contenders, include:

Keri-Anne Payne (GBR)
Martina Grimaldi (ITA)
Marianna Lymperta (GRE)
Melissa Gorman (AUS)
Cecilia Biagioli (ITA)
Poliana Okimoto (BRA)
Jana Pechanova (CZE)
Angela Maurer (GER)
Swann Oberson (SUI)
Erika Villaecija (ESP)
Haley Anderson (USA)
Eva Risztov (HUN)
Yanqiao Fang (CHN)
Zsofia Balazs (CAN)
Ophelie Aspord (FRA)
Natalia Charlos (POL)
Anna Guseva (RUS)
Karla Sitic (CRO)
Wing Yung Natasha Terri Tang (HKG)
Yumi Kida (JPN)
Olga Beresnyeva (UKR)
Lizeth Rueda Santos (MEX)
Yanel Pinto (VEN)
Heidi Gan (MAS)
Jessica Roux (RSA)

[edit] 2013 FINA World Championships

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