Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Eva Risztov out-sprinted Haley Anderson for the gold in the Olympic marathon swim – winning by 4 tenths of a second in 1:57:38.2.

The top women swam hard – the whole way. Risztov took it out hard and finished even harder.

There was a bit of a fall-off on the third loop, but all-in all the split times for the six-loop course were remarkably even:

Loop 1 – 19:22.2
Loop 2 – 19:47.1
Loop 3 – 20:00.1
Loop 4 – 19:49.4
Loop 5 – 19:33.5
Loop 6 – 19:05.9

In comparison, Anderson‘s splits were as follows over the 1.6km loop course:

Loop 1 – 19:22.9
Loop 2 – 19:44.5
Loop 3 – 20:04.8
Loop 4 – 19:49.0
Loop 5 – 19:34.4
Loop 6 – 19:03.0

RISZTOV Eva 1:57:38.2
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