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London 2012 silver medalist Haley Anderson became the fifth member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team by finishing ninth in the World Championships 10km race in Kazan, Russia, on Tuesday.
Anderson finished 31.6 seconds behind French winner Aurelie Muller.
The top 10 earned Rio berths. While Anderson made it, countrywoman Becca Mann finished 14th and cannot make the Rio Olympics in open water, so she’ll have to turn her attention to the pool.
Anderson, 23, earned silver in the 2012 Olympic 10km behind Hungary’s Eva Risztov and is the two-time reigning World champion in the non-Olympic distance of 5km. Risztov finished 10th in Tuesday’s race to make it to Rio.
Mann, 17, finished eighth in the 5km and 10km at the 2013 World Championships and fifth in the 800m freestyle at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials as a 14-year-old.
Four athletes previously made the 2016 U.S. Olympic team — first-timers Nathan Schrimsher (modern pentathlon), Jennifer Wu (table tennis) and men’s open-water swimmers Jordan Wilimovsky and Sean Ryan.
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Jordan Wilimovsky and Sean Ryan became the first swimmers to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team Monday, with Wilimovsky winning the World Championships open-water 10km and Ryan finishing fourth in Kazan, Russia.
The top 10 in the event (maximum two per country) qualified for the Rio Olympic open-water 10km.
Wilimovsky, 21, and Ryan, 22, made their first Olympic teams. The open-water 10km debuted at the Olympics in 2008. A U.S. man has not won an Olympic medal in the event.
Wilimovsky and Ryan’s qualification means that Andrew Gemmell, the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships open-water 10km champion, cannot make the U.S. Olympic team in the event. Gemmell is the son of Bruce Gemmell, who also coaches Katie Ledecky.
Wilimovsky and Ryan are the third and fourth members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. Modern pentathlete Nathan Schrimsher and table tennis player Jennifer Wu qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team last week.
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