U.S. takes open water team gold

JINSHAN CITY, China -- The United States won the 5-kilometer open water team event at the world aquatic championships on Thursday.

Ashley Twichell, Andrew Gemmell and Sean Ryan finished in 57 minutes, 00.6 seconds, 1.2 seconds ahead of second-place Australia, which was represented by Melissa Gorman, Ky Hurst and Rhys Mainstone.

Isabelle Haerle, Thomas Lurz and Jan Wolfgarten combined to claim bronze for Germany in 57:44.2.

The teams raced in time-trial style, departing at one-minute intervals. Australia departed 12th and passed four teams while posting its time.

"To win silver in a team event like this is a fantastic feeling and it's something new for open water swimming which is great," Mainstone said. "Now I know how the pool swimmers feel when they represent Australia in a relay."

The open water events continue Friday with the men's and women's 5-kilometer races and finish Saturday with 25-kilometer marathons.