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Ana Marcela CUNHA
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Brazil   
GenderWomen
Born23 Mar 1992 in Salvador, BRA
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Diana
Residence
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Serves in the Navy
Languages
English, Portuguese
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Santa Cecilia [Unisanta]: Brazil
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age two and began open water swimming at age 14.
Why this sport?
There was a pool at her school.
Club / Team
Universidade Santa Cecilia [Unisanta]: Santos, BRA
Name of coach
Fernando Possenti [personal], from 2017
Training Regime
She trains at the Maria Lenk National Training Centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. (bandnewsfm.com.br, 21 May 2019)
Injuries
She underwent surgery to remove her spleen in October 2016 due to an autoimmune disease she was diagnosed with earlier that year. She took two months off from training and returned to full training in January 2017. (uol.com.br, 21 Oct 2016; swimswam.com, 17 Jul 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before major international competitions she like to invent a new hairstyle. (uol.com.br, 26 Mar 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When you have clear goals, it is easier to train and swim behind them. Therefore I believe in taking it step by step." (sesisp.org.br, 09 Sep 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was recipient of the Braz Cubas Honour Medal of Merit from the city of Santos, Brazil. (anamarcela.com.br, 16 Oct 2019)

She was named Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2019 by Swimming World Magazine. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 02 Nov 2019)

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

In 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 she was named Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year by the International Swimming Federation [FINA]. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 16 Oct 2018; fina.org, 02 Dec 2017)

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

In 2019 she was named Open Water Swimmer of the Year by the Brazilian Olympic Committee [COB] for the eighth time. (olharolimpico.blogosfera.uol.com.br, 02 Nov 2019)
Famous relatives
Her partner Diana Abla has represented Brazil in water polo international competitions. (globoesporte.globo.com, 15 Aug 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Go Outside YouTube channel, 17 Jun 2019)
Other information
CHALLENGE
She says she would like to cross the English Channel. "I have a dream as an open water swimmer, to cross the English Channel, one of the most demanding challenges. You, alone on the sea, with only a boat at your side, it is a challenge. It demands a different mental and physical training. It is you against yourself." (Go Outside YouTube channel, 17 Jun 2019)

FURTHER PLANS
She plans to establish the Ana Marcela Institute, with which she wants to help people in need in the same way as her idol, late Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. "He was an idol for all of us. Maybe I won't be as big as him but I hope I can help people with my own name." (bandnewsfm.com.br, 21 May 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2019 Lima, PER 800m Freestyle 8:48.33
7 2019 Lima, PER 1500m Freestyle 16:39.83
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 25km 5:08:03.0
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10km 1:54:50.5
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km 57:56.0
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km - Team Relay 54:24.5
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 25km 5:21:58.4
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 2:00:17.2
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km 59:11.4
6 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 55:19.6
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 25km 5:13:47.3
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:58:26.5
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km - Team Time Trial 55:31.2
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 56:44.7
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 25km 5:07:23.4
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:58:19.5
11 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 2:02:22.2
7 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km 1:00:46.7
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN 25km 5:29:22.9
22 2009 Rome, ITA 10km 2:02:06.4
26 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 10km 2:13:17.6
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2020   10km  
2 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:56:41.3
2 2019   10km  
1 2019 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:58:45.4
2 2019 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 2:01:34.10
1 2019 Doha, QAT 10km 2:03:51.5
1 2019 Nantou, TPE 10km 2:02:37.6
1 2019 Ohrid, MKD 10km 2:11:38.4
2 2019 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:04:05.78
1 2019 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:41:12.01
1 2018   10km  
3 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 2:00:26.2
1 2018 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:05:53.10
2 2018 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 1:58:32.60
4 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 2:02:26.8
1 2018 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:05:42.90
3 2018 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:06:23.50
7 2018 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:05:55.19
2 2017   10km  
12 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:53:14.0
2 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:02:12.7
2 2017 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:04:24.9
1 2017 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 2:06:12.86
1 2017 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:37:29.2
5 2017 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:37:38.10
5 2017 Viedma, ARG 10km 2:12:18.11
3 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:58:19.90
4 2016 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:00:11.62
1 2015 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:50:36.68
2 2015 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:05:25.70
1 2015 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:03:36
1 2014   10km  
3 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:12:39
3 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:05:22.2
1 2014 Lac Magoc, QC, CAN 10km 2:06:41.83
1 2014 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:03:01.2
1 2014 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 2:28.03
1 2014 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:06:13.03
1 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:03:52.2
3 2013   10km  
4 2013 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:02:58.6
4 2013 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 2:09:43.50
1 2012   10km  
1 2012 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:09:14.78
1 2012 Eilat, ISR 10km 2:02:37.45
3 2012 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:02:13
2 2012 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 2:06:20.73
3 2012 Santos, BRA 10km 2:22:28.44
1 2012 Shantou, CHN 10km 1:58:12.90
6 2012 Viedma, ARG 10km 2:02:23
5 2011 Santos, BRA 10km 2:13:15.94
1 2010   10km  
1 2010 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:17:29.3
4 2010 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:10:48.38
3 2010 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:09:38.2
1 2010 Santos, BRA 10km 2:16:48.64
2 2010 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:16:31.8
9 2010 Shantou, CHN 10km 2:03:22.75
4 2010 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:58:35
2 2009 Annecy, FRA 10km 1:59:02.69
2 2009 Copenhagen, DEN 10km 2:05:29
7 2009 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:07:28.6
4 2009 New York, NY, USA 10km 2:05:25.9
4 2009 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:05:51.81
1 2009 Santos, BRA 10km 2:09:49.10
4 2009 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:42:52.20
4 2009 Shantou, CHN 10km 2:12:57.76
3 2009 Varna, BUL 10km 2:16:07.57
3 2008   10km  
4 2008 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:02:08.76
9 2008 Dubai, UAE 10km 1:56:39.85
3 2008 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:52:24.8
5 2008 Santos, BRA 10km 2:04:18.00
1 2008 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:06:04
6 2008 Shantou, CHN 10km 2:13:40.56
2 2008 Singapore, SGP 10km 2:16:25.09
16 2007   10km  
Pan Pacific Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2018 Tokyo, JPN 10km 2:08:27.0