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Haley Anderson, Ashley Twichell are first to qualify for 2020 U.S. Olympic team

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Swimmers Haley Anderson and Ashley Twichell became the first of who will be more than 500 athletes to qualify for the 2020 U.S. Olympic team.

Anderson, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, qualified for her third Olympics by earning another silver in the world championships open-water 10km in South Korea on Sunday morning.

Twichell was sixth to make her first Olympic team in her fourth try at age 30.

Top-10 finishers in the event, which debuted at the Olympics in 2008, qualified directly for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Anderson, a 27-year-old from California, is the lone American to earn an Olympic open-water medal. She also owns world titles in the open-water 5km, which is not an Olympic distance.

Twichell, who tried to make Olympic teams in 2008, 2012 and 2016, is in line to become the oldest U.S. Olympic rookie swimmer since James Greene in 1908, according to the OlyMADMen. And the third-oldest U.S. Olympic female swimmer after Dara Torres (33, 41) and Jenny Thompson (31), who each earned 12 medals.

Twichell in 2017 became the oldest American to win an open-water world title.

The men’s open-water 10km at worlds is Tuesday, where Rio Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky and David Heron can join Anderson and Twichell on the Olympic team with top-10 finishes.

The U.S. Olympic swim team in pool events will be determined at trials in Omaha in June.

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Open-water swimmers move one step from making Olympic team

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Rio Olympians Haley Anderson and Jordan Wilimovsky are among four U.S. open-water swimmers who on Friday qualified for the world championships, moving one step from making the Tokyo Games.

Anderson, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist, and Wilimovsky, who had fourth- and fifth-place finishes in 2016, will be joined by potential first-time Olympians Ashley Twichell and David Heron.

Twichell and Anderson finished second and third behind Brazilian Ana Marcela Cunha on Friday. Wilimovsky and Heron were second and fourth as the top Americans in the men’s event won by Italian Olympic 1500m freestyle champion Gregorio Paltrinieri.

The top 10 overall in the men’s and women’s races at worlds in Gwangju, South Korea, in July qualify for the Olympics.

Anderson, 27, and Wilimovsky, 25, both qualified for the Rio Games at the 2015 World Championships, with Wilimovsky earning that world title. Wilimovsky followed that with a silver in 2017, with Anderson taking sixth at those most recent worlds.

The open-water 10km, which debuted at the Olympics in 2008, is the only swim event on the most recent Olympic program that the U.S. has never won.

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Simone Biles, more Olympians attend Golden Globe Awards (photos)

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A bevy of Olympic champions, headlined by Simone Biles, attended the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday night.

The list of Olympians on hand covered three sports and three countries:

Simone Biles, Gymnastics
Aly Raisman, Gymnastics
Madison Kocian, Gymnastics
Danell Leyva, Gymnastics
Nadia Comaneci, Gymnastics
Bart Conner, Gymnastics
Conor Dwyer, Swimming
Haley Anderson, Swimming
Ashton Eaton, Track and Field
Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Track and Field

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: (L-R) Gymnast Danell J. Leyva, Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, gymnast Aly Raisman, Ashton Eaton, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Simone Biles, swimmer Conor Dwyer, gymnast Madison Kocian, a guest and football player Colton Underwood attend HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: (L-R) Gymnast Danell J. Leyva, football player Colton Underwood, gymnast Simone Biles and gymnast Aly Raisman attend HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images)

Aly Raisman, from left, Simone Biles and Madison Kocian arrive at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: (L-R) Swimmer Conor Dwyer and gymnast Simone Biles attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)