Haley Anderson won silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games in open water swimming and now she is guaranteed the opportunity to go for the gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games next summer.
Anderson finished ninth in Tuesday’s 10-kilometer race at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, to earn her spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. A top-10 finish in the event earned swimmers qualification to Rio by name.
Touching the pad at 1:58:35.9, Anderson finished 31.6 seconds behind winner Aurelie Muller of France and 9.4 seconds out from third-place finisher Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil.
U.S. teammate Becca Mann finished 14th, clocking in at 1:58:51.9.
Anderson’s two male teammates at worlds, Jordan Wilimovsky and Sean Ryan, also qualified for Rio a day earlier when they finished first and fourth in the men’s 10-kilometer.
The 23-year-old is the fifth member of the 2016 U.S. team, with pentathlete Nathan Schrimsher and table tennis player Yue “Jennifer” Wu earning their spots earlier this month at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
Anderson has two world championship titles to her name, both in the 5K. She won in 2013 and again on Saturday.
When Anderson won silver in London, she finished 0.4 seconds behind winner Eva Risztov of Hungary. Also in London, Haley Anderson’s sister Alyssa won gold in the pool as part of the 4x200-meter freestyle team.
The 2016 U.S. Olympic Open Water Swimming Team is now complete. Pool swimmers will vie for their chance to compete in Rio at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Swimming from June 26-July 3, 2016.