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Anderson takes gold for US in open water 5km

July 20, 2013
Haley Anderson of USA poses with her gold medal after winning the Open Water Swimming Women's 5k race on day one of the 15th FINA World Championships at Moll de la Fusta on July 20, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Haley Anderson of USA poses with her gold medal after winning the Open Water Swimming Women’s 5k race on day one of the 15th FINA World Championships at Moll de la Fusta on July 20, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

American Haley Anderson claimed the first gold medal of the world swimming championships when she pipped Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto to the line to win the women’s open water 5km event on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Anderson thrashed around two laps of the harbour course at the end of the Rambla tourist drag in the heart of Barcelona in a time of 56 minutes and 34.2 seconds on a sweltering day in the Catalan capital.

Okimoto finished a mere 0.2 seconds back, with her compatriot Ana Cunha some 10 seconds behind in third.

Anderson’s success, her first medal at a world championships, adds to the silver medal she won as a member of the U.S. Olympic 10km open water team in London last year.

South African Kyna Pereira finished in 25th place in a time of 57:30.8 a mere 55 seconds behind the winner, a crediable performance in her first international competition. Her compatriot, the current Junior World Champion in the 5km, Michelle Webber recorded a DNF.

Results of Woman’s 5km at BCN 2013

reuters | additional reporting ZwemZa

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