Ana Marcela Cunha Edges Out Aurelie Muller For 5K Gold at Worlds


  • All sports: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • Pool swimming: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, Korea
  • Meet site
  • FinaTV Live Stream
  • 5K full results

Not an Olympic event, the women’s 5K this morning in Gwangju was a race for a World title (and a World title alone). The 10K saw China’s Xin Xin defeat American Haley Anderson by just nine-tenths of a second in the first Olympic qualifying event of these World Championships.

Tonight in the 5K, the race belonged to Brazilian Ana Cunha, who surged in the final two kilometers to touch for gold in 57:56.0. She won bronze in 2017 in this event, which was won by Ashley Twichell (USA) while Frenchwoman Aurelie Muller took silver.

Cunha took it tonight with a 57:56.0, followed by Muller who again took silver at 57:57.0. Third looked to belong to USA’s Hannah Moore, but the photo finish between she and Germany’s Leonie Beck turned out to be a virtual tie at 57:58.0. Moore and Beck would share the bronze.

Italy’s Rachele Bruni, the bronze medalist in the 10K from Sunday, grabbed fifth.


1 Ana Marcela Cunha Brazil 57:56.0
2 Aurelie Muller France +1.0
3 Hannah Moore/Leonie Beck USA/Germany +2.0
5 Rachele Bruni Italy +2.7
6 Giulia Gabbrielleschi Italy +3.0
7 Ashley Twichell USA +4.0
8 Hou Yawen China +4.9
9 Lara Grangeon France +5.5
10 Maria Bramont-Arias Peru +13.1


  • Germany’s Finnia Wunram was an early leader in the race, with France’s Muller and Lara Grangeon keeping close in the lead pack.
  • At the 2.4K mark, right around halfway, it was Muller and Grangeon leading the way, followed by Germany’sBeck, the Netherlands’ Sharon van Rouwendaal, and the USA’s Twichell.
  • With 1.5K or so to go, it was Grangeon in the lead, with Brazil’s Cunha pulling into the lead pack.
  • It was the Frenchwomen, Cunha, and Van Rouwendaal all together going into the final kilometer before Cunha pulled up very close and went right past Grangeon while Van Rouwendaal and Muller snuck up in the middle of them.
  • It was then Italy’s Giulia Gabbrielleschi moving into the lead with just 700 meters to go in another surprising switch-up.
  • Heading down in the final two minutes of the race, Cunha broke away from the pack with Muller in hot pursuit.
  • Cunha would touch first, with Muller second. Moore and Beck crashed into the touchpad at virtually the same time, with the lead pack closing in shortly behind them.

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3 years ago

It’s incredible how close these OW races are this week! Every race seems to be a nail biter, and literally only a few seconds between 1st and 10th. 1-2 hour races with placings sometimes only 0.10 apart…. Crazy!

Lane 8
3 years ago

Great job Hannah Moore. Your decision to drop WUGs to focus on this meet was worth it.

3 years ago

*mUller btw

3 years ago

SWIM4EVER: “US Distance Swimming is a joke. No medal contenders.”
Hannah Moore: “Hold my beer”

Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

US Men’s OW just needs to get the level that the women are at tbh imo

Swammer from Wakanda
Reply to  Dcswim
3 years ago

If you don’t remember, 4 years ago our guys were 1st and 4th in the 10km nbd

Reply to  Dcswim
3 years ago

It’s cultural though. How many US club swimmers are spending their summer doing a mix of OW and pool training? Because that’s normal in continental Europe.

Reply to  Togger
3 years ago

Not many, is my guess. Many pool swimmers don’t like open water because they can’t see the bottom of the lake or wherever they are swimming. Not sure the lakes in Europe have amoebas and flesh eating bacteria that we seem to have here in the States.

Reply to  applesorangesandbananas
3 years ago

You wouldn’t really want to take a big inhale through your nose of lake water anywhere in the world if you can help it.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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