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Olympian earns first USA Swimming medal of world aquatics champs

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Silver medal winning Jordan Wilimovsky of the US poses on the podium during the medal ceremony of men’s open water 10km final of the Swimming World Championships 2017 in Balatonfured, 124 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)


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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