Haley Anderson Repeats As World Champ In 5K Open Water|
July 26, 2015
Trojan great Haley Anderson successfully defended her world title in the 5K open water with a win Saturday at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
The former USC All-American and NCAA champion and the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the event, won the 41-woman race in 58 minutes, 48.4 seconds, which also served as a tune-up for the upcoming 10K race Tuesday. Anderson's win, the first of the World Championships, was by less than two seconds.
"I just wanted to be able to get on the course, feel it out," she said. "My strategy was just to stay toward the front because it's a short race. You got to kind of stay up there if you want to be able to make your move toward the end."
Anderson is the first American woman to win multiple open water gold medals at the FINA World Championships.
Also at stake on Tuesday in the 10K is Olympic qualifications. The top 10 swimmers, regardless of nationality, will automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympics without having to go through next year’s qualifier.