Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky earned the first USA Swimming medal of the world aquatics championships, taking silver in the open-water 10km in Hungary on Tuesday.
Wilimovsky, the 2015 World 10km champion, missed gold by one tenth of a second after nearly two hours of swimming on Lake Balaton. Olympic champion Ferry Weertman edged Wilimovsky in a sprint finish.
France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier earned bronze, just as he did in Rio. Full results are here.
“I had a little left at the end, but just got out-touched,” Wilimovsky said, according to USA Swimming. “I’m happy to get on the podium.”
Wilimovsky, 23, became the first American man to earn individual open-water medals at multiple world championships. Open-water events have been on the worlds program since 1991 and the Olympic program since 2008.
Wilimovsky just missed a medal in Rio, finishing fifth in the open-water 10km and fourth in the 1500m freestyle in the pool. A U.S. man has never earned an Olympic open-water medal.
It’s an impressive resumé for a man inspired to take up professional swimming after failing a swim test to attend a lifeguard camp at age 9.
The U.S.’ first medal in any event at aquatics worlds was a bronze in synchronized swimming’s mixed duet technical routine, which is not an Olympic event.
The swimming pool events at worlds start Sunday.
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