A big congratulations is in order for the first Monegasque athlete to qualify for the 2024 Olympics. Lisa Pou has earned her ticket to the upcoming Games in Paris after competing in the 10 km swimming event during the World Championships on Saturday 3 February in Doha, Qatar.
Lisa Pou finished 9th, securing her place in Paris. To get a spot in the Olympics, she needed to finish in the top 13. The 24 year old finished with an incredible time of 1h57″33.40, only 7 seconds behind the first place winner.
Representing Monaco instead of France…
In April 2023, Lisa Pou won the 5 km and 10 km races at the Martinique Open, which was a French qualifier for the 2023 World Championships. After winning the race, the athlete announced that she will be representing Monaco moving forward, instead of representing France.
Lisa Pou has been training with the AS Monaco club for more than a decade. Her dad, Michel, is a two-time Olympian for France who helps coach her at AS Monaco.
Three other expected to represent Monaco
Athletes around the world are already preparing for this summer’s Games. At least four athletes are expected to represent Monaco at the upcoming Games, including Lisa Pou (swimming), Théo Druenne (swimming), Quentin Antognelli (rowing) and Alexander Ehlen (kitefoil).
The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the biggest event ever organised in France. Taking place from 26 July to 11 August 2024, the multicultural spectacle will see Paris’s iconic landmarks transformed into sporting arenas.
Monaco to host the Rugby Olympic Qualifying Tournament
The rugby sevens tournament for the 2024 Games will take place in Monaco’s own Stade Louis II from 21-23 June. (The final qualification event also took place in Monaco prior to the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.) The tournament will decide the final men’s and women’s qualifiers for the rugby sevens competition at the Olympics. Rugby Sevens is set to be Paris’s unforgettable curtain raiser, the very first sport to kick-off the Olympic Games on 24 July 2024 at the Stade de France.
“It is a great honour to be hosting the Olympic qualification tournament in Monaco for the third time in a row. Rugby sevens is playing an increasingly important part in the Principality and we are delighted to be part of this wonderful adventure,” said Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene.