Swimming in pools might have ended at the Olympics last week, but the United States added to its aquatic tally Thursday with a silver courtesy of Haley Anderson in the women's 10k open water swim, America's first ever medal in open water swimming.
Swimming's marathon took place in the Serpentine lake in London's famous Hyde Park. After more than six miles of swimming and nearly two hours in the water, Anderson found herself in a sprint to the finish line among a front pack. The race wasn't quite as close as some of the out-touches seen at the Olympic pool, but the USC swimmer finished less than a body-length off Hungary's Eva Risztov, touching the metal strip indicating the finish line .4 seconds short of gold. It's the second medal for the Anderson family at these Olympics, as her sister, Alyssa, was on the team that won gold in the 4x200m freestyle.
Here's the podium standings for the event and times of the finishers:
Gold: Eva Risztov, Hungary, 1:57:38.2
Silver: Haley Anderson, United States, 1:57:38.6
Bronze: Martina Grimaldi, Italy: 1:57:41.8.
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