Tough race for Brits in Portugal

British swimmers David Davies and Daniel Fogg went head to head in a battle to secure the one remaining place on Team GB for the 10km Marathon swim at the Olympic Games in London.

Along with some of the World’s best open water and pool swimmers, the two Brits were aiming for a top nine finish at the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier in Sebutal, Portugal, to secure their place on the starting pontoon at the Serpentine.

David Davies' Olympic Open Water blow

David Davies has suffered a setback in his hopes of improving on his 2008 Open Water Olympic silver medal in London.

Davies needed a top 10 finish or finish above rival Daniel Fogg in the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim qualifier to all but secure 2012 Olympic selection.

The Welshman finished 38th in Portugal on Sunday while Fogg's 35th place means he is in pole position to be named when the squad is announced on 20 July.

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Swimming: Baker swamped at qualifier

New Zealand swimmer Cara Baker finished just two seconds off an automatic spot for the London Olympics in the marathon open water swim qualifying race in Portugal today.

Baker, well-placed in the chase pack for the first five laps of the 10km race, ended up 17th at the wrong end of a photo finish with four other swimmers - leaving her only four spots from the last automatic qualifying place.

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Hot pace surprises Radford in Olympic marathon swim qualifier

source: http://www.swimmingnz.org.nz

The face of open water swimming has changed forever according to Rotorua swimmer Kane Radford after he missed out on his Olympic dream in the final qualifying event in Portugal today.

The 21 year old from Swimming New Zealand’s High Performance Centre finished in 27th place, to be 1m 44s behind the winner, Beijing 1500m freestyle champion Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli at Setubal, Portugal.

The top nine swimmers, with a limit of one per country, automatically qualified for the London Olympics.

Radford swam alongside Mellouli at the head of the field for the four of six laps before the Tunisian turned up the wick and the fast men flew past the kiwi with speed that the Rotorua man has not witnessed in open water swimming before.

After a solid pace around 17m30s for the 1.6km lap, Mellouli changed gears with a 16m10s penultimate lap and a withering sub-15 minute final lap to spread-eagle the field.

Sado apura trinta olímpicos

origem: http://www.mun-setubal.pt            natação 11 de Junho de 2012

Um atleta de Portugal garantiu a presença nos Jogos Olímpicos de Londres ao alcançar o nono lugar na prova internacional de natação em águas abertas realizada nos dias 9 e 10 no Sado.

Setubal results MEN

 After the race of today we will see the following Men back at London2012

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Setubal results WOMEN

After the race of today we will see the following Women back at London2012

LIVE broadcast - FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2012 on the River Sado, Setubal. Portugal

102 candidates are already confirmed – 61 men and 41 women representing 50 Countries on the 5 Continents. Omega will be the official chronometric official and all the competition will be live on Portugal channel Sport TV.

the Special Olympics Open Water Swimming Coaching Guide

Paul Whichard, Manager of Sports Web Resources in the Sports and Competition Department of the Special Olympics, created a truly special interactive document - the Special Olympics Open Water Swimming Coaching Guide (see here).