Australia & Oceania

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.

Hurst books Games berth

source: Swimming Stathi Paxinos, July 21, 2011

AUSTRALIAN open-water swimmer Ky Hurst believes his ironman heritage can give him the edge at next year's Olympic Games that was missing yesterday when he failed to win a medal but secured his berth on the team for London in the 10-kilometre race at the world championships in Shanghai.

Hurst, who finished fifth, secured a spot at his second Olympics with a top-10 finish at Shanghai's Jinshan City Beach, joining compatriot Melissa Gorman who finished fourth in Tuesday's women's race, on the London-bound team.

Hurst lines up for second Olympics


FORMER ironman champion Ky Hurst has become the great survivor of open-water racing, after qualifying for his second Olympic Games at the world championships yesterday, 13 years after he won his first world medal.

Hurst, 30, finished fifth in the men's 10km event in Shanghai, and will join teammate Melissa Gorman, who finished fourth in the women's event a day earlier, as the first athletes picked in the Australian Olympic team.

The top 10 finishers in the event qualified automatically to swim the 10km in London next year.

London Olympics the carrot for Australia's open-water swimmers in Shanghai


A PRIZE greater than the world championship will be on offer for Australia's open-water swimmers when they contest the 10km event in Shanghai this week.

Anyone who finishes in the top 10 will automatically earn a spot in the field for the London Olympics.

That carrot will ensure that the Olympic distance event will be more hard-fought than ever.

Distance swimmer heads for open waters

source:  by Peter Lampp

Perhaps if Manawatu had an open expanse of water, like a recreational lake, swimmers on the rise like Bridget Maher might not feel compelled to flee to Auckland.

She has spent five years in Palmerston North clocking up huge amounts of training at the Kiwi West Aquatics' pool and studying sport and exercise science.

The Brutal Slaughter Of Sharks?

The original article was posted (with picture) on partnersite The Daily News of Open Water Swimming since Saturday, June 18, 2011

Penny Palfrey Finishes Bridge Swim In 40 Hours 41 Minutes

The original article is posted (with picture) on partnersite The Daily News of Open Water Swimming since Sunday, June 12, 2011

Penny Palfrey successfully completed her 68-mile swim from Little Cayman to Grand Cayman in 40 hours 41 minutes 12 seconds.

After a delay of two days, Penny and her international crew decided to forge ahead despite the less-than-ideal conditions.

Sheil primed for top effort

The original article by Travis Meyn is posted (with picture) on SunshineCoastDaily since 24th May 2011

AN overseas campaign is awaiting Michael Sheil after Sunday’s Kings of the Coast ocean swim at Caloundra.

Sheil, 23, is leading the Queensland Ocean Swim Series heading into the final race this weekend.

Swimmers make splash in marathon race

The original article is posted on ABC since Posted May 2, 2011 10:01:00

The fifth Lake Argyle Swim has wrapped up in Kununurra, with a Victorian swimmer winning the top prize in the 20 kilometre race.

More than 60 swimmers took to the lake on Saturday, including a 12-year-old schoolgirl from India.

Swapnali Yadav completed the swim solo in just over seven hours.

Swim is top gift for birthday boy

The original article by Mitchell Craig is posted (with picture) on The Northern Star since 2nd May 2011

AFTER celebrating his 21st birthday on Saturday night, Brisbane swimmer Codie Grimsey backed up strongly to take out the Beach Hotel Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic yesterday morning.