AKUATIK INDONESIA-Haley Anderson of the
USA won the
women's 5km race outsprinting Brazilian Poliana Okimoto Cintra in the final 100
timed her stroke cycle perfectly and reached for the touchpad just ahead of the
Brazilian who was leading the 42 swimmers for most of the final 1500m. The
margin of victory between the swimmers was 0.2 seconds; the American finished
in a time of 56.34.2.
Anderson, the silver medallist in the 10km Olympic Marathon at last year’s London Olympic Games, was the surprise leader of portions of the first lap: "I didn't realise that I was going to be in the lead but when you are the leader you are in control of everyone behind you. If I drift off course I take them with me." Okimoto led the race for most of the second lap with
trailing by a full body length.