Six Icelandic athletes have earned the right to participate in the Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5-21, RÚV reports. There is still the possibility that other Icelanders will follow.
Swimmer Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir, from the athletic organization Ægir was the first to reach the benchmark for the Olympics. She reached that goal in March of last year and has been actively training since. These will be Eygló’s second Olympics. She was born in 1995.
Javelin thrower Ásdís Hjálmarsdóttir earned a ticket to the games in May of last year. Born in 1985, she will be competing at her third Olympics.
Swimmer Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir from the Hafnarfjörður Swimming Association earned the right to participate in the Olympics in June of last year. She will compete in 100 and 200 m breast stroke at her second Olympics. She was born in 1991.
Swimmer Anton Sveinn McKee from the athletic organization Ægir reached the Olympic goal in August of last year, as he set a new national record. He will compete in 100 and 200 meter breast stroke at his second Olympics. Anton was born in 1993.
Track Athlete Aníta Hinriksdóttir earned the right to compete at the Olympics in December. She will compete in the 800 m run. Born in 1996, Anita will be 20 at her first Olympics.
Gymnast Irina Sazonova from the athletic association Ármann will be the first Icelandic gymnast to compete at Olympics. She reached the benchmark at a preliminary competition in Rio in April this year. Born in Russia in 1991, Irina has lived and trained in Iceland for many years and received Icelandic citizenship last summer.