CUNHA Ana Marcela

23 Mar 1992

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
OWS Marathon Swimming Women's 10km 1 Gold Medal


Start Time Location Event Status
Odaiba Marine Park

Biographical Information



Olympic Games
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA10
2008Beijing, CHN5

World Championships
YearLocation5km10km25km5km - TTT X5km - TR X
2019Gwangju, KOR151-4
2017Budapest, HUN331-6
2015Kazan, RUS-312-
2013Barcelona, ESP325--
2011Shanghai, CHN7111--
2009Rome, ITA-22---
2007Melbourne, VIC, AUS-26---

World Open Water Championships
2010Roberval, QC, CAN36
2008Seville, ESP-10

Pan American Games
2019Lima, PER1

Pan Pacific Championships
2018Tokyo, JPN3

World Series overview - Three best ranks per season and event since 2017
20211 x 1st
20201 x 2nd
20195 x 1st, 2 x 2nd
20182 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 2 x 3rd
20172 x 1st, 2 x 2nd, 2 x 5th

World Series - Ten best performances since 2017
1202110kmDoha, QAT
1201910kmNantou, TPE
1201910kmOhrid, MKD
1201910kmBalatonfured, HUN
1201910kmSetubal, POR
1201910kmDoha, QAT
1201810kmLac St. Jean, QC, CAN
1201810kmBalatonfured, HUN
1201710kmQiandaohu, CHN
1201710kmLac-Megantic, QC, CAN

X - Mixed, DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, DSQ - Disqualified, TR - Team Relay, TTT - Team Time Trial


Pan American Games
2019Lima, PER7th (8:48.33)7th (16:39.83)

Free - Freestyle, Back - Backstroke, Breast - Breaststroke, Fly - Butterfly, IndMed - Individual Medley, SF - Semifinal, H - Heats, DNS - Did Not Start, M - Men, W - Women, X - Mixed, DSQ - Disqualified, [Relay athlete without time] - Did not swim in final
Athlete, Serves in the Navy
Physical Education - University of Santa Cecilia [Unisanta], Brazil
Partner Diana Abla
English, Portuguese
Universidade Santa Cecilia [Unisanta] [Santos, BRA]
Fernando Possenti [personal], from 2017
Her partner Diana Abla has represented Brazil in water polo international competitions. (, 15 Aug 2019)
She began swimming at age two, and got involved in open water swimming at age eight. (, 21 May 2020)
"I always liked swimming outdoors - in rivers, at the beach. I always loved it." (, 21 May 2020)
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Go Outside YouTube channel, 17 Jun 2019)
Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. (, 21 May 2019)
Before major international competitions she likes to get a new hairstyle. (, 21 May 2020;, 26 Mar 2016)
"When you have clear goals, it is easier to train and swim behind them. Therefore I believe in taking it step by step." (, 09 Sep 2014)
In 2019 she received the Braz Cubas Honour Medal of Merit in Santos, Brazil. (, 16 Oct 2019)

In 2019 she was named Open Water Swimmer of the Year by the Brazilian Olympic Committee [COB] for the eighth time. (, 02 Nov 2019)

In 2019 she was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame [IMSHOF]. (, 27 Mar 2019)

In 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 she was named Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year by the International Swimming Federation [FINA]. (, 13 Mar 2021;, 21 May 2020;, 16 Oct 2018;, 02 Dec 2017)

She was named Female Athlete of the Year by the Brazilian Olympic Committee [COB] in 2015 and 2018. (, 19 Dec 2018;, 18 Dec 2015)

General Interest

She made her Olympic debut in 2008 in Beijing but is still looking for her first medal at the Games. "I really haven't had a perfect 10km race at the Olympic Games. In 2008 I was 16 and I arrived at the Olympic Village where I saw [US basketball player] Kobe Bryant, [US swimmer] Michael Phelps, and [Brazilian swimmer] Cesar Cielo. My head was in another world. Sadly, I did not qualify in 2012. And in 2016 I had a problem during the race, but I hate giving excuses, and that was not a good day to win a medal." (, 30 Jun 2020)

She has established the Ana Marcela Institute in Brazil to promote open water swimming. "We want to spread the sport to various parts of Brazil. Our country is huge and has an infinite number of beaches and rivers. There is no shortage of places to practise water marathon." (, 21 May 2020;, 21 May 2019)

Gold Medal
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Silver Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event
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