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Haley Anderson And Jordan Wilimovsky Win Gold Medals In 10-Kilometer Open Water At Pan Pacs

By Todd Kortemeier | Aug. 14, 2018, 6:24 p.m. (ET)

Haley Anderson poses with her gold medal for the women's 10km race at Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Aug. 14, 2018 in Chiba, Japan.


Team USA closed out a successful Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Tuesday with two more gold medals when Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky and Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson each won the 10-kilometer open water races.

For Wilimovsky, it was his third medal of Pan Pacs, having won a silver in the 800 free and gold in the 1,500 free, his first international medals in the pool. The U.S. won 45 total medals in all, including 20 golds, to lead all nations.

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Anderson successfully defended her title from the 2014 Pan Pacs, coming from behind on the final lap to win in 2:08:24.8. Anderson, 27, won the silver at the Olympic Games London 2012, and also competed in Rio in 2016. She is a two-time world champion in the 5-kilometer, and 2015 world champion in the 10K, the Olympic distance.

Wilimovsky was in a neck-and-neck battle down the stretch with Canada’s Eric Hedlin, who had led much of the race. The 24-year-old Wilimovsky finally pulled ahead, finishing in 1:58:50.5. Wilimovsky competed in the 10-kilometer in Rio, finishing fifth, and also placed fourth in the 1,500. He is the 2015 world champion in the 10K.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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