FINA Best Female Open Water Swimmer 2017

Cunha in 10 clicks

December 03rd, 2017

Budapest success

Ana Marcela Cunha earned three medals at the Budapest 2017 World Championships: gold in 25km, bronze in 5km and 10km

Brazilian legend

She is the best Brazilian open water swimmer in history and most medalled one at FINA World Championships (all aquatic disciplines included)!

Long career

Cunha won her first medal (bronze, 5km) at the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships

Impressive harvest

Since 2010, Cunha has collected 10 medals in open water, at FINA World Championships: 3 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze!


It is the fourth time (a record) Cunha receives the "Best Athlete of the Year" award in open water, after previous successes in 2010, 2014 and 2015.

Olympic challenge

Ana Marcela never reached an Olympic podium: in Beijing 2008, she was 5th, in London 2012 she missed the qualification, and in Rio 2016 she was 10th

Step by step

"I don't make long-term plans for my career. I like to go step by step, year after year, race after race. It's still very early to know what will happen until the Tokyo 2020 Games"

Triple crown

At FINA World Championships only (until 2010, an Open Water World Championships was on the calendar), Cunha is the only female athlete with three 25km titles (2011, 2015 and 2017)

World Cup star

Ana Marcela Cunha is also a regular presence in the top positions of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup. She won the series in 2010, 2012 and 2014, being second in 2017