André, from the Fluvial Portuense team, swam in 58:11.8 minutes, 15.8 seconds more than the winner, Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha, beating by one second France’s Aurelie Muller, second-placed. U.S. Hannan More and Germany’s Leonie Bech finished third place.
“This is the best result I have achieved in world competitions,” she said.
“In the 10km competition [on Sunday] I was in 19th place. It was a competition with a lot of physical contact.”
Also cited by the Portuguese Swimming Federation (FPN), the technical director of open water showed to be happy with the "historic 12th place,” aiming to improve the performance in the 25-km competition, to take place on Friday: "It was the best result in a world championship, but left the feeling that it is possible to do better,” Daniel Viega said.
“We still lack the difficult competition of 25km on Friday. And now we will work, with rest and recovery, to try to overcome this result.”
“It was an extremely positive competition from Angelica André,” Viega said.
Angélica André is still going to compete for the 25km of the world championships on Friday, after the 12th and 19th places in the 5 and 10 km.
18th FINA World Championships 2019 is taking place Gwangju, the Republic of Korea from 12 to 28 July and includes swimming, diving, high diving, artistic swimming, open water and water polo.