Top competition boost for Olympic open water swim qualifier


The appearance of some top rating Australians, led by world champion Melissa Gorman, should ensure international quality racing for this weekend's crucial Olympic open water swimming qualifier in Taupo.

The State New Zealand Open Water 10km Championship to be staged in Taupo on Saturday doubles as the qualifying event for the London Olympics.

It forms part of the two-day State Epic Swim in Lake Taupo, a range of elite and New Zealand Masters Championship races and recreational events that have attracted approximately 500 entries for the weekend.

The centrepiece is the 10km championship on Saturday where the first two New Zealand swimmers in both men's and women's competition will progress to the June's final Olympic qualifying event in Portugal.

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