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Meet The Team - Keri-anne Payne

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Get to know Keri-anne Payne. Read her Tweets, view images, watch videos of her in action and being interviewed, check how her Olympic rivals compare with her and much more.

Open water swimmer Keri-anne Payne




Johannesburg (SA)


5ft 9in

Training base

British Gas ITC Stockport


Sean Kelly

Olympic History

2008: Silver in 10km Marathon, 15th in 400m Individual Medley.

In Action

10km Marathon on 9 August

Did you know?

  • Keri-anne started swimming aged four and was noticed aged eight by British Swimming's national performance director Bill Sweetenham at a training camp in South Africa.
  • She is fiancee of British Gas ITC Stockport training partner David Carry and the pair will tie the knot shortly after the Games. 
  • She admits her worst experience in open water competition was swimming past dead animals in a river at an event in China. 

Keri-anne's Career

Keri-Anne broke through into senior swimming just two days after her 17th birthday when she won 400m Freestyle gold at the 2004 European Short Course Championships in Vienna - her first senior international meet. She turned her attention to open water events in 2007, finishing 11th in the 10km at the World Championships before returning from the Beijing Olympic Games with a silver medal a year later. Keri-anne has since become the star of international open water swimming, clinching the 10km World Championship title for the first time in 2009 before defending it in Shanghai last year and sealing her place at London 2012 in the process.

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