British quartet named for Olympic Marathon Swim qualifier

3 Mar 2020

The British team for May's Olympic Marathon Swimming qualifier in Fukuoka has been confirmed.

Jack Burnell, Hector Pardoe, Alice Dearing and Danielle Huskisson are the quartet of British Swimming athletes set to head out to Japan for the qualifying event, which takes place on 30th and 31st May.

The races will see the four swimmers looking to secure their places at Tokyo 2020, with one men's and one women's spot up for grabs for Team GB. 

The nine highest-placed, eligible finishers (those who's nations have not already secured their quota of Olympic slots) will obtain a place to compete at the Games. 

At last month's FINA Marathon Swim World Series event in Doha, Dearing, Burnell and Pardoe all achieved top-10 finishes in dramatic races, as they made their international bows for 2020. 

Dearing placed ninth in the Women's 10km event, with Huskisson just behind her in 14th at the end of a bunch finish.

In the Men's race, Burnell touched ninth in a time of 1:50.03.1, Pardoe coming in half-a-second behind in 10th.

All four swimmers should be well in the mix when it comes down to it in Fukuoka.