Kristel Vourna received a formal invite to the Games from FINA on July 6, but then had it rescinded July 14 due to an administrative error. On Wednesday, however, FINA reinstated the Greek 100m butterfly champion “following consultations with the International Olympic Committee.”
Vourna placed 12th in the women’s 100m butterfly at the London Games and swam in Greece’s 4x100m relay team, but had only achieved the B-standard time during the 2016 Olympic qualification period. So she was surprised by the initial invite.
She was later angered when FINA alerted her of the error and instead offered her a chance to attend the Olympics as a spectator. But now the 24-year-old, who competed at the University of Alabama, will again be a competitor.
Said Greek swimming federation president, Dimitris Diathesopoulos: “This time, personally as the head of the Greek federation, I would like to thank both FINA and Cornel Marculescu (FINA’s executive director) for their extraordinary action in favor of Vourna.”