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Who Will Win The 2017 FINA Best Athlete Award?

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The 4th FINA World Aquatics Gala Soirée des Etoiles will be held in Sanya City, China on December 2nd where FINA will announce its best aquatic athletes of the year.

The selection process incorporates the points collected at the most important FINA events. In the case of open water swimmers, the point system includes their placing at the 2017 FINA World Championships, on the FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit, and on the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit given to the top 12 open water swimmers.

FINA World Championships points:
1st 180
2nd 140
3rd 130
4th 100
5th 90
6th 80
7th 70
8th 60
9th 40
10th 35
11th 30
12th 25

FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup points:
1st 120
2nd 90
3rd 80
4th 60
5th 50
6th 40
7th 35
8th 30
9th 25
10th 20
11th 15
12th 10

FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix points:
1st 80
2nd 70
3rd 60
4th 40
5th 35
6th 25
7th 20
8th 15
9th 10
10th 8
11th 6
12th 4

So, for example, Aurélie Muller of France picked up 140 points for her silver medal performance in the FINA World Championships 5 km, 180 points for her gold medal performance in the FINA World Championships 10 km, 180 points for her gold medal performance in the FINA World Championships 5 km team relay, 60 points for her 8th place performance in the FINA World Championships 25 km, 15 points for her 11th place ranking on the FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit, and 10 points for her 9th place ranking on the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit for a total of 585 points.

"Aurélie's comeback after her disqualification at the 2016 Rio Olympics is remarkable - and inspirational," said Steven Munatones. "After such a devastating disappointment on the last stroke of the Olympic final, she continued to train for at least a taste of redemption - and her victory in Lake Balaton at the 2017 FINA World Championship was evident of her hard work - with 2020 in her sights."

Ana Marcela Cunha, who won the award three times in 2010, 2014 and 2015, collected 130 points for her bronze medal finish in the FINA World Championships 5 km, 130 for her bronze medal place finish in the FINA World Championships 10 km, 180 points for her gold medal finish in the FINA World Championships 25 km, 80 points for her 6th place finish in the FINA World Championships 5 km team relay, 90 points for her #2 ranking in the FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit, and 25 points for her #6 ranking in the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix for a total of 635 points.

But it is unknown if the relay points are included at all or in part or in total, so it will be interesting to learn of the outcome on December 2nd based on the following results:

2017 FINA World Swimming Championships 5 km Top 12:
1 Ashley Twichell (USA) 59:07.00
2 Aurélie Muller (France) 59:10.50
3 Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 59:11.40
4 Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) 59:11.50
5 Haley Anderson (USA) 59:26.20
6 Giulia Gabbrielleschi (Italy) 59:26.40
7 Michelle Weber (South Africa) 59:27.50
7 Kiah Melverton (Australia) 59:27.50
9 Kalliopi Araouzou (Greece) 59:28.00
10 Kareena Lee (Australia) 59:28.90
11 Finnia Wunram (Germany) 59:32.10
12 Martina Rita Caramignoli (Italy) 1:00:48.30

2017 FINA World Swimming Championships 10 km Top 12:
1. Aurélie Muller (France) 2:00:13.70
2. Samantha Arévalo Salinas (Ecuador) 2:00:17.00
3. Arianna Bridi (Italy) 2:00:17.20
3. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 2:00:17.20
5. Rachele Bruni (Italy) 2:00:21.40
6. Haley Anderson (USA) 2:00:25.90
7. Finnia Wunram (Germany) 2:00:26.10
8. Anna Olasz (Hungary) 2:00:28.40
9. Chelsea Gubecka (Australia) 2:00:30.00
10. Ashley Twichell (USA) 2:00:41.30
11. Danielle Huskisson (Great Britain) 2:01:06.10
12. Siyu Yan (China) 2:01:06.10

2017 FINA World Swimming Championships 25 km Top 12:
1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 5:21:58.40
2. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) 5:22:00.80
3. Arianna Bridi (Italy) 5:22:08.20
4. Martina Grimaldi (Italy) 5:23:54.60
5. Anna Olasz (Hungary) 5:23:55.00
6. Anastasiia Krapivina (Russia) 5:24:03.70
7. Becca Mann (USA) 5:27:06.90
8. Aurélie Muller (France) 5:28:25.30
9. Chelsea Gubecka (Australia) 5:28:41.60
10. Cathryn Salladin (USA) 5:29:49.70
11. Lenka Sterbova (Czech Republic) 5:33:04.60
12. Onon Katalin Somenek (Hungary) 5:33:05.80

2017 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Top 12:
1. Arianna Bridi (Italy) 124 points
2. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 102 points
2. Rachele Bruni (Italy) 98 points
4. Viviane Jungblut (Brazil) 66 points
5. Finnia Wunram (Germany) 58 points
6. Samantha Arevalo (Ecuador) 52 points
7. Sarah Bosslet (Germany) 38 points
8. Anna Olasz (Hungary) 32 points
9. Yukimi Moriyama (Japan) 23 points
10. Leonie Antonia Beck (Germany) 22 points
11. Poliana Okimoto (Brazil) 20 points
11. Aurélie Muller (France) 20 points
11. Oceane Cassignol (France) 20 points

2017 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Top 12:
1. Barbara Pozzobon (Italy) 56 points
2. Alice Franco (Italy) 49 points
3. Martina Grimaldi (Italy) 46 points
4. Pilar Geijo (Argentina) 25 points
5. Anna Mankevich (Russia) 24 points
6. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 15 points
7. Jade Dusablon (Canada) 13 points
8. Ilaria Raimondi (Italy) 12 points
9. Aurélie Muller (France) 9 points
10. Sabryna Lavoie (Canada) 9 points
11. Olga Kozydub (Russia) 6 points
12. Marie-Laurence Lortie (Canada) 5 points

2017 FINA World Swimming Championships 5 km Team Relay Top 12:
1. France with David Aubry + Oceane Maryse Jeannie Cassignol + Aurélie Muller + Marc-Antoine Olivier 54:05.9
2. USA with Haley Anderson + Andrew Gemmell + Ashley Twichell + Jordan Wilimovsky 54.18.1
3. Italy with Rachele Bruni + Giulia Gabbrielleschi + Simone Ruffini + Federico Vanelli 54.31.0
4. Australia with Jack Brazier + Kareena Lee + Jack Alan McLoughlin + Kiah Melverton 54:42.9
5. Great Britain with Jack Burnell + Alice Dearing + Danielle Huskisson + Tobias Patrick Robinson 54:51.1
6. Brazil with Ana Marcela Cunha + Allan do Carmo + Betina Lorscheitter + Fernando Ponte 55:19.6
7. Hungary with Janka Juhasz + Anna Olasz + Mark Papp + Kristóf Rasovszky 55:23.7
8. Germany with Leonie Beck + Soren Detlef Meissner + Rob Muffels + Finnia Wunram
9. Japan with Yasunari Hirai + Yohsuke Miyamoto + Yukimi Moriyama + Minami Niikura 55:54.0
10. Russia with Kirill Abrosimov + Kirill Belyaev + Valeriia Ermakova + Mariia Novikova 55:55.1
11. Canada with Eric Hedlin + Stephanie Horner + Breanne Emma Joan Siwicki + Richard Weinberger 55:58.3
12. South Africa with Chad Ho + Robyn Kinghorn + Nico Manoussakis + Danie Marais 56:05.3

FINA President Dr. Julio Maglione announced, "Our best athletes...deserve the highest recognition and this special evening will pay tribute to their success." The Best Athletes of the Year for open water swimming as well as in pool swimming, water polo, diving, and artistic swimming, will be formally announced at the FINA World Aquatics Gala."

The list of previous female winners are below:

2016 Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands)
2015 Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
2014 Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
2013 Poliana Okimoto (Brazil)
2012 Eva Risztov (Hungary)
2011 Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain)
2010 Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)

For information on the men's side, visit here.

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