CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – USA Swimming's Haley Anderson became the first American ever to earn an Olympic medal in the open water 10k marathon on Thursday, finishing just four-tenths of a second behind Hungary's Eva Ristov to claim Silver.
"It was a great day in London," elated Tim Murphy, the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving and head coach of Team USA's open water squad. "Haley has trained extremely hard for this moment and we could not be prouder of her."
Ristov led a majority of the race as a pack of five broke away from the rest of the field at Hyde Park. Anderson was the only competitor within striking distance of Ristov down the stretch, but the Hungarian was able to hold off the American during the sprint to the finish. Ristov's winning time was recorded at 1 hour, 57 minutes, 38.2 seconds while Anderson clocked in at 1 hour, 57 minutes, 38.6 seconds.
Murphy will return to Hyde Park tomorrow as Harvard alum and medal hopeful Alex Meyer '10 takes to the water for the men's 10k marathon. Meyer was named USA Swimming's 2011 Fran Crippen Memorial Male Open Water Swimming of the Year after placing fourth at the Open Water World Championships to qualify for the London Games. Watch the race live online beginning at 7 a.m. by clicking here.