Eva Risztov (HUN) Wins 10K Olympic Open Water Swim USA’s Haley Anderson Grabs Silver

Mike Lewis / OlaVistaPhotography.com

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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11 years ago

With Haley and Alyssa Anderson both winning medals is that the first sister combo to medal in the same Olympic games? I remember the Colella bother/sister Olympic sib combo and there may be others, but i can’t think of 2 sisters who actually medalled together.

11 years ago

Haley Anderson gave a phenomenal swimming performance. We are so very proud of her!!!

Sierra Nevada
11 years ago

Congrats Haley! Congrats Sierra Marlins and Coach Jeff Pearson for producing great club swimmers!

11 years ago

Way to go Haley!

11 years ago

As NBC is torturing me by cutting to rhythmic gymnastics during the open water swim, I’m kicking myself for not getting up to watch the live feed this morning. Won’t make that mistake tomorrow. Congrats to Haley! What a fantastic swim.

11 years ago

Eva Risztov was a fantastic pool swimmer but coach mistakes broke her faith and career. She finished swim at 2005.
She restarted her career at 2009 as open water swimmer. She qualified London both pool (400 and 800 free) and open water.
She is very talented and strong as you could see!
Congratulations and respect all of the medalists!

A very proud Hungarian fan


11 years ago

A great race. Risztov was pretty brave to lead from so far out, but it paid off. Nice swim from Anderson. Favorite part of the race was the shot from the overhead camera of Haley Anderson diving underwater to move to the outside to keep from getting boxed in. Loved all the overhead shots. Cool perspective.

Men’s race tomorrow should be great as well. Looking forward to it!

joel lin
11 years ago

The conditions are so good weather and water temp wise, no currents or surf. It’s basically like a long pool swim without turns. Anyone want to bet against Mellouli tomorrow? Ladbrokes will take the other side if that bet all day long.

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Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis is a freelance commercial, sport and lifestyle photographer based in San Diego.  Mike began making photos in the early 80’s and immersed himself in all aspects of the photographic arts.  Mike’s professional career in in photography began after 12 years working within the United States Olympic movement; he …

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