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Payne finishes fourth in Serpentine

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9th August 2012

Keri-anne Payne finished fourth in the 10km Marathon swim after a courageous effort in the Serpentine at London 2012.

The 24-year old was never far from the front of the fast-paced race but couldn’t overhaul European champion Martina Grimaldi in the sprint for the line as she finished in 1:57:42.2 – just 0.4 seconds shy of the Italian who claimed bronze.

I really tried to get back up to leading which is where I like to go but I guess the others beat me at my own game by leading out from the front.

Hungary’s Eva Risztov won gold in 1:57:38.2 ahead of USA’s Haley Anderson who claimed silver in 1:57:38.6.

And Payne admitted she had been frustrated not to be able to deploy her usual tactic of asserting her authority from the front of the race.

“It just didn’t go my way from the start unfortunately,” said Payne. “I really tried to get back up to leading which is where I like to go but I guess the others beat me at my own game by leading out from the front.

“The 25 best swimmers in the world are here today to swim so I guess to come out fourth is not too bad and it was really close as well.

“I was hurting most of the swim. I’ve always said it’s about the best person making the right decision at the right time."

Payne is world 10km champion from 2009 and 2011 but her rivals in London stopped her from her usual tactic of leading from the front as Anderson then Risztov controlled the pace and prevented the Brit from dictating.

She lost time at a feeding station and had to work hard to get back in the leading pack of Risztov, Anderson, Grimaldi and Germany’s Angela Maurer.

While Maurer was dropped with 500m to go, Risztov and Anderson pulled clear to challenge for gold while Grimaldi and Payne were left to scrap for bronze.

And while Payne dug deep to try and close the Italian, Grimaldi held on to seal the final podium place.

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