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July 20, 2011

Harvard's Meyer Clinches Spot on Olympic Team With Fourth-Place Finish at FINA World Championships

Courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications (phot courtesy of Dr. Jim Miller)

SHANGHAI, China -- Alex Meyer '10 became the first United States swimmer to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, placing fourth in the 10-kilometer open water race Wednesday at the 2011 FINA Open Water World Championships. Meyer's top-10 finish enabled him to automatically qualify for the 2012 summer games.

The former Harvard standout entered the race as one of the favorites, having captured the U.S. national title in the 10k in June with a time of 2:05:36.90. Meyer posted a time of 1:54:33.10, just 8.4 seconds off the winning time, turned in by Spyros Gianniotis of Greece. Meyer fought hard to stay with the speedy lead pack for the majority of the world championship event, once again using a late surge to climb to a fourth-place finish.

"Alex swam smart, tough and like a champion" said Harvard coach Tim Murphy, who served as head open water coach for Team USA at the event in China. "He has trained very well over the past year to lead up to this, and his success is much deserved. Alex's next goal is to win a medal in London."

Meyer will wrap up his stay at the FINA World Championships Saturday, when he looks to defend his world title in the 25k race.

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