World Championship

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.

Gianniotis dethrones Lurz in 10km swim


Greek swimmer Spyros Gianniotis dethroned German title-holder Thomas Lurz to win the 10km crown at the Shanghai world championships on Wednesday.

Gianniotis, who has repeatedly lost out to Lurz, the unofficial king of open water swimming, finally topped the podium after touching in 1hr 54min 24.7sec in baking conditions at Jinshan City Beach.

Tom Allen fails in his early Olympic qualification bid


TEENAGE swimmer Tom Allen failed in his bid to become the first Welsh athlete to qualify for the London Olympics in 2012 when he finished in 26th place in the World Championships in Shanghai in the 10km open water.

Allen, 19, who is based in Swansea but hails from Flintshire, and fellow British team-mate Daniel Fogg (15th) both failed to finish in the top 10 in China which would have guaranteed Olympic selection.
Fogg was leading in the final stages but faded, while Allen believes he needs to change his tactics after being battered in the middle of the pack in what is a brutal sport.

Greece's Spyros Gianniotis Wins Men's 10K


SHANGHAI, China, July 19. THE men's 10K open water event proved to be exciting at the FINA World Championships held in Shanghai. Greece's Spyros Gianniotis snatched the victory in 1:54:24.7 for his first world title.

Gianniotis has typically been known as a much stronger 5K swimmer with a bronze in 2007 and a silver in 2009 in the shorter distance, but this afternoon he became the first man from Greece to medal in a 10K world championship.

Here comes the tide! Wedding bells and Olympic gold await 10k champion Keri

source: By Jonathan McEvoy
Keri-Anne Payne emerged from the sun-boiled waters of Jinshan City Beach, an hour outside downtown Shanghai, as the world 10km  champion and - as history will record - the first British athlete to qualify for London 2012.
Apart from the goggle marks, there was not a scratch on her body. Not a black eye, broken nose or bruised rib cage at the  end of this floating marathon of sharp elbows, trailing legs and utter exhaustion.
Only her feet hurt. Little wonder because, for practically all of  her 2hr 1min 58sec swim, that was as close to her as any rival  could get.

British open swimming pair miss London 2012 Olympic chance


British open water swimmers Dan Fogg and Tom Allen missed out on a chance to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics by finishing outside the top 10 at the World Championships.

The pair could not repeat the success of Keri-Anne Payne, who won the women's event on Tuesday to become the first British athlete to qualify for next year's Games.

Fogg, 23, finished 15th, while teenager Allen came home in 26th at the event in Shanghai.

(19+20/07/11) Mundial Shanghai 10 kms open water/ aguas abiertas

Women and men Mundial Shanghai 10 kms open water/ aguas abiertas

Shanghai: Results 10K male

Like the women this was also a tight race and the first 23 swimmers ended in 37.4 sec

Only 1 second faster the 23rd female!

Melissa Gorman books London Olympics berth at world championships


Australia's team for next year's London Olympics has its first official member after swimmer Melissa Gorman defied Shanghai's steamy open water to finish fourth in the 10km race at the world championships.

Needing a top-10 finish in today's race, which doubled as an Olympic qualifier, 25-year-old Gorman produced a gutsy swim in water reaching up to 29 degrees celsius at Shanghai's Jinshan City Beach course.

She was in second position at the 7.5-kilometre mark and, while unable to keep up with a late breakaway, fought strongly to hold fourth in two hours two minutes and 12 seconds behind winner Keri Anne Payne of Great Britain (2:01.58.1).

Shanghai: Results 10K women

It was a tight race.
Number 23 finished only 38.4 sec behind number 1