24-year-old Monegasque swimmer Lisa Pou has qualified for the upcoming Paris Olympic Games after finishing just seven seconds behind the race winner of the 10km open water swim in Doha.
Originally from France, Pou is a naturalised Monegasque citizen and regularly competes in the colours of the Principality for the AS Monaco Natation club.
She rose to prominence by winning the 10km event at the Martinique Open in April 2022. That victory earned her qualification for the World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, in the summer of 2023.
She went on to win the Prom’Swim in Nice’s Baie des Anges in October and picked up two bronze medals in the 800m and 1,500m Freestyle events the following month at the French National Championships.
Most recently, however, at the World Swimming Championships in Doha, Pou secured a ninth-place finish in the challenging 10km open water event. By coming in the Top 13, the result has won her qualification for the Paris Olympics, which will begin on 26th July.
The Doha event was a close one, with 24-year-old Pou finishing just seven seconds behind the race winner, Sharon Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands.
Pou’s qualification for the Olympics makes her the first Monegasque to ever represent the Principality in this discipline.
Photo source: Dunkerque Natation, Facebook