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2 US swimmers were just this close to winning medals in marathon swimming

In a 10-kilometer swim that lasted just shy two hours, the separation between first and seventh places was less than 10 seconds.

TOKYO, Japan — Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil won the women’s 10-kilometer marathon swimming event at the Tokyo Olympics

Cunha touched first in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 30.8 seconds on Wednesday morning, finishing nine-tenths of a second ahead of defending champion Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands.

Van Rouwendaal took silver in 1:59.31.7.

Kareena Lee of Australia earned bronze in 1:59.32.5.

Cunha won her first medal in her third Olympics. She was 10th five years ago in Rio de Janeiro and fifth in the 2008 Beijing Games.

American Haley Anderson finished sixth and her teammate, Ashley Twichell, was seventh. They finished 4.4 seconds and 5.4 seconds, respectively, short of winning a bronze medal after the nearly two-hour race. They finished 6.1 and 7.1 seconds from winning the gold.

The seven-lap course in Tokyo Bay featured a backdrop of skyscrapers, the Rainbow Bridge and the nearby floating Olympic rings.

The air temperature during the latter stages of the race was 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 Celsius), with 74% humidity that made it feel like 95 degrees (35 C).

The water temperature was about 84 degrees (29 C), under the allowable limit of 88 degrees (31 degrees C).

Travis Pittman contributed to this report.

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