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Ana Marcela Cunha

Gold

3

Silver

2

Bronze

2
Brazil BRA

Ana Marcela Cunha, once again crowned 25km world champion, has been named FINA’s Best Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year for the fourth time in the eight years of the award. This time the win was particularly sweet after a year in which she feels she has risen from hell to heaven.

 

FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

Women’s 25km
FINA World Championships

Bronze Medal

Women’s 5km
FINA World Championships

Bronze Medal

Women’s 10km
FINA World Cup

2nd Overall

 
FINA World Cup - Lac Megantic

Gold Medal

Women’s 10km
FINA World Cup - Chun'an

Gold Medal

Women’s 10km
FINA World Cup - Lac St-Jean

Silver Medal

Women’s 10km
FINA World Cup - Hong Kong

Silver Medal

Women’s 10km

Interview
Ana Marcela Cunha

I’ve been through a lot of hard things.

I studied in the morning. I was going to train at 4.30, then I was at school by 7am because I didn’t want to sit back as a student. My grandparents helped me and sometimes the afternoon training ended at 7pm. As soon as I finished my practice, my grandparents were there with snacks. Then I had to wait for the bus for a while and it took another one and a half hours to return home. On this journey, I used to study or sleep. I arrived home about 10pm and had already finished everything because the next day I had to wake up again to train at 4.30. It’s always been a lot of struggle. That’s why I give a lot of value to what I have today. I always had my family by my side, I’ll always remember that ... When I had my difficult moments in Salvador, when I did not have such a good financial position, my parents sometimes stopped eating good-quality food to give me more to eat. I’ve been through a lot of hard things to get where I am and I’m sure I’ll always have my family in my life.

I love what I do, so it’s not a sacrifice

I love swimming. Yes, it is an abdication of some things, but there is a dream, there is discipline and I have one more thing: faith. I have a lot of faith.