Ashley Twichell Dominates 5k for Gold at FINA World Championships

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Photo Courtesy: USA Swimming

American Ashley Twichell won the Open Water 5k race at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest by three and a half seconds.

After winning the 10k at U.S. Open Water Nationals by more than a minute, Twichell kept up her winning ways by defeating 10k Champion at these World Championships, France’s Aurelie Muller. This is Twichell’s first individual World Championship Title, after winning gold in the 5k relay and bronze in this event at the 2011 World Championships in Shangahi.

Taking the third position was Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil. This was the veteran’s eighth medal performance at FINA World Championships, as she finished third in the 10k earlier in the week and has been medaling in these events since 2011.

Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands just missed the podium after finishing fourth in 59:11.50, just one-tenth out. Defending World Champion in this event, American Haley Anderson, was then a more distant fifth finishing in 59:26.20.

Italy’s Giulia Gabbrielleschi was sixth in 59:26.40 followed by South Africa’s Michelle Weber and Australia’s Kiah Melverton in 59:27.50.

2015 silver medalist in this event, Kalliopi Araouzou of Greece, took the ninth position while Finnia Wunram of Germany, who finished third last time around was eleventh.

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