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Open Water Swimmer Haley Anderson Takes World Cup Silver As Rio Approaches

By Craig Bohnert | June 18, 2016, 1:09 p.m. (ET)

Haley Anderson (L) stands on the podium at the FINA/HOSA 10km. Marathon Swimming World Cup on June 18, 2016 in Balatonfured, Hungary.

Haley Anderson won the women’s silver medal at the FINA/HOSA 10km. Marathon Swimming World Cup Saturday in Balatonfured, Hungary.

The reigning open water swimming Olympic silver medalist finished with a time of 2:00:09.81, 11.8 seconds behind Italy’s Rachele Bruni, who covered the course in 1:59:58.01. Germany’s Isabelle Harle won the bronze medal with a time of 2:00:11.54.

Anderson, a two-time world champion in the open water 5-kilometer swim, qualified for her second Olympic Games with a ninth-place finish in the 10-kilometer event at the 2015 FINA world championships. She won 10-kilometer gold at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Maui, Hawaii, and has two world titles in the 5-kilometer from 2013 and 2015.

On the men’s side, Sean Ryan narrowly missed a podium finish, placing fourth in a time of 1:50:28.37. He was overtaken in the final sprint to the finish by reigning Olympic bronze medalist Richard Weinberger of Canada, who edged Ryan for Saturday’s bronze by 1.2 seconds. Simone Ruffini finished in 1:50:25.04 to complete a gold-medal sweep for Italy as well as pad his series lead after three world cups.

The series reaches the halfway point on July 28 when it shifts to Lac St. Jean in Roberval, Quebec, for a final tune-up before competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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