Xin Wins 10K at World Championships, Haley Anderson, Ashley Twichell First American Pair to Make Olympics

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Haley Anderson; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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The 2019 World Championships continued with a pivotal women’s open water race on Sunday in Gwangju, South Korea.

The women’s 10K provided automatic qualification for the 2020 Olympics to the top 10 swimmers in the race.

American Haley Anderson and Ashley Twichell earned their spots on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team — the first time two American women have qualified for the open water Olympics automatically. Anderson earned the silver medal for her first 10K world championship medal, earning her third trip to the Olympics, while Twichell placed sixth and qualified for the Olympics for the first time.

China’s Xin Xin won the world championship gold medal in the event, swimming a time of 1:54.47.20.

Anderson was next at 1:54.48.10, less than a second away from gold.

Italy’s Rachele Bruni took the bronze medal in 1:54.49.90.

France’s Lara Grengeon took fourth in 1:54.50, followed by Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha (1:54.50.50), Twichell (1:54.50.50), Australia’s Kareena Lee (1:54.50.50), Germany’s Finnia Wunram (1:54.50.70) and Leonie Beck (1:54.51.00) and Sharon Van Rouwendaal (1:54.51.10) of the Netherlands, who rounded out the top 10 and automatic Olympic qualifiers.

Check out full results here.

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Day 1 of the 2019 FINA World Championships was the men’s 5K where Hungary’s Kristof Rasovzky earned the gold medal with a swim of 53.22.10 to finish 10 seconds ahead of the rest of the field by 10 seconds for a dominating victory to open the World Championships on Saturday in Gwangju, South Korea.

France’s Logan Fontaine finished with the silver in 53:32.10, finishing behind Rasovzky, but holding off the rest of the field.

Canada’s Eric Hedlin took the bronze medal right on Fontaine’s heels with a swim of 53:32.40.

Fourth place went to Matej Kozubek of the Czech Republic, who finished in 53;33.60 to finish ahead of Italy’s Domenico Acerenza (53:34.00) and Hungary’s Daniel Szekelyi (53:34.40).

Australia’s Bailey Armstrong finished seventh in 53;34.80, followed by Russia’s Kirill Abrosimov (53:35.50), while Australia’s Hayden Paul Cotter (53:35.50) and Spain’s Guillem Pujol (53:35.80) rounded out the top 10.

 

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    Congratulations Ashley and Haley!

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