USC senior Haley Anderson became the first American to win an Olympic medal in the Marathon 10K with a second-place finish today in the London Olympics.
Anderson, who won her first NCAA title as a junior in the 500-yard freestyle swim and also earned All-American honors in the 1650-yard freestyle, charged from fourth to second over the final 1000 meters of the six-lap race and came within 0.4 seconds of earning gold.
Anderson finished in 1:57:38.6, just behind Hungarian winner Eva Risztov’s 1:57:38.2. The finish was close enough to warrant a review, which was later confirmed by officials. Italy’s Martina Grimaldi was third (1:57:41.8) while pre-race favorite Keri-Anne Payne of Britain finished fourth (1:57:42.2).
Anderson’s silver complements her older sister Alyssa’s gold, which she claimed earlier in the Olympics in the 800-meter freestyle relay.
“Seeing her get a medal, it was like, “Oh, now I have to do it,’ ” Anderson said. “You know that sister rivalry.
“I’m disappointed I didn’t win gold, but I gave it everything I had. I’m happy with the result.”
Anderson has had only limited international open water competition. She was fourth in the 25K at the 2010 World Championships and won the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier in June.
“Open water is growing and gaining more attention,” Anderson said. “You kind of have to be crazy to do it, but it’s rewarding.”