Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson continued her impressive open water swimming season with a silver medal at the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series stop Saturday in Balatonfured, Hungary.
Anderson, a two-time Olympian, was just three-tenths of a second off the winning time in an incredibly close finish between the only American in the women’s 10-kilometer field and Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha, a nine-time world championship medalist whose time was 2:05.53.10.
Italy’s Rachele Bruni, the reigning Olympic silver medalist, took bronze in 2:05.54.70.
Anderson, who was the first American woman to medal in open water swimming when the event debuted at the Olympic Games London 2012, earned the World Series gold in Setubal, Portugal, on June 9. It was the first medal by an American at the series. The next stop of the nine-event series will be July 27 in Lac St. Jean, Quebec. Despite not competing in the first two races in the series, Anderson nonetheless entered the weekend ranked eighth thanks to the 20 points for her win in Setubal. With her silver in Hungary, Anderson moved up to fourth.
Saturday’s battle wasn’t the first in recent weeks between Anderson and Cunha. At the end of May, Anderson narrowly beat out Cunha for the win at the LEN European Open Water World Cup in Gravelines, France.