By USA Swimming | Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Women’s Open Water 5K – Final (Lake Balaton, Hungary)
Results – Full Results
Gold: Ashley Twichell (Fayetteville, N.Y./North Carolina Aquatic Club), 59:07.0
Silver: Aurelie Muller (FRA), 59:10.5
Bronze: Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA), 59:11.4
5. Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif./Trojan Swim Club), 59:26.2
• With today’s victory Twichell becomes the first American woman to win three FINA World Championships medals in open water swimming. She won bronze in the 5K and gold in the team event in 2011.
• The United States has won 10 all-time medals in the FINA World Championships women’s 5K, more than any other open water event. Team USA has won three straight gold medals in the women’s 5K dating to 2013 and four of the last five gold medals dating to 2010.
• Twichell and Anderson took to the front of the lead pack quickly in this race. Anderson held an early lead, before Muller pulled in front for much of the race. Twichell made a move past Muller with about 700 meters to go and never relinquished the lead.
• Anderson was sixth and Twichell finished 10th in the women’s 10K on July 16.
Ashley Twichell: (on her finish): “Having drafted for the first bit, I felt like I had something left. I didn’t feel like I used up everything, so that last straightaway I tried to bring in the legs, which I typically don’t use. I really didn’t know how far behind me anyone was, so I didn’t want to look back and waste any time. I just tried to put my head down as much as I could and go as hard as I could those last 240 meters.”
Twichell: (on bouncing back from the 10K and reaching her goal of finishing on the podium): “I didn’t feel awesome during the 10K, so I took the two days in between to really try to recover and get my mind back straight. I medaled in 2011 and didn’t medal in 2015, so definitely the goal here was to get on the podium. I’m really excited to get on the podium for the United States.”
Haley Anderson: (on taking an early lead of the race): “I like to get out in the lead because it’s a shorter race, only an hour. I like to get up in the front and stay in the front the whole time and get in good position for the finish.”
Anderson: (on her teammate winning gold after she won this event in 2013 and 2015): “I’m so excited for Ashley. She did a great race today, so it’s nice to keep it within the U.S.”
Thursday, July 20: 5K Team Relay