Impressive performance from Cara Baker


New Zealand swimmer Cara Baker bounced back from her health scare earlier in the week to finish ninth in the 5km open water swim at the world championships in Shanghai yesterday.

Baker, 21, seven seconds behind winner Swann Oberson (Switzerland) who won in 1hr 00min 39.7sec in hot conditions at Jinshan City Beach.

Team-mate Kane Radford (Rotorua) was 27th in a packed men's race won by Germany's Thomas Lurz who reversed the result of the 10km event by beating Spyros Gianniotis (Greece).

Swimming New Zealand open water manager Philip Rush said both swimmers impressed amid some aggressive and fast packs.

Rush said he was thrilled for Baker who showed her true worth after fainting twice in the leadup to the 10km race earlier in the week.

He said they changed some things in her pre-race protocols to give her more time and there were no repeats of the issues from earlier in the week.