It was a beautiful day with nearly perfect conditions for the women’s 10K open water marathon swim on the Serpentine Lake in London’s Hyde Park. From the first gun the pack came out strong but not as strong as expected. The first 4 laps were a bit tame and the field remained a rather large pack for the first two thirds of the race. Team USA’s Haley Anderson swam a strong second lap and took the lead a bit early in the race. Soon she settled back in the 3, 4 position and looked solid and smart. Keri Anne Payne was a bit of surprise and wasn’t charging much after the first lap. Hungary’s Eva Risztov took the lead for the majority of the final two laps and really swam a lone. But the true excitement in this race – as is typical – was the final 400m. Eva Risztov took had a solid lead and Haley Anderson started charging hard. It became a true nail bitter all the way to the point of the over head touchpad with Risztov just touching out Anderson for the gold by 4 tenths of a second. Martina Grimaldi of Italy won the bronze. Both Risztov and Anderson qualified for this event at the “second chance” event in Portugal in June. Team GB’s Keri-Anne Payne was 4th. Here’s the complete results.
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About Mike Lewis
Mike Lewis has nearly three decades of open water swimming experience as both an athlete and coach. He has worked with a wide range of athletes including Olympians and World Record Holders. Mike was as an administrator in the U.S. Olympic movement for 10 years and was a team director for the 2000 Olympic games. Mike himself is an avid swimmer and has notched several top 10 rankings in US Masters swimming. Mike and his wife Cynthia founded "Did you swim today?" – a global gathering place for swimmers to share their positive experiences in the pool and the open water. Read More »