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Jordan Wilimovsky, Sean Ryan qualify for Olympics in open-water swimming

Jordan Wilimovsky



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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