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OPEN WATER CHALLENGE TESTS SWIMMERS TO THE LIMIT

21 Jul 2009
British Gas swimmers found the going tough at the World Championship open water events as the sun beat down on the 5km course off the Italian coast.

Richard Charlesworth finished the men’s event at the resort of Ostia in 24th place after finding the physical side of the event a distraction he couldn’t overcome as he negotiated the 5km race.

“That was the most physical race I’ve ever been involved in,” said Charlesworth. “It’s my first World Championships, it’s a bigger event and it was always going to be more demanding as it means more to every swimmer out there.

“It’s hard to prepare yourself for that but I’m still learning about the open water events. It was different from any other race and it showed because both packs of swimmers were all over the course.

“I think if one swimmer had chosen the right lines to take around the course then they probably would have won.”

Gold went to Germany’s Thomas Lurz in 56:26, Charlesworth touched in 57:57 and British Gas team mate Alfie Howes finished the course in 59:36 to take 33rd place.

In the women’s event Charlotte Wooliscroft touched home in 59:25 to take 25th spot out of 42 while gold went to Melissa Gorman of Australia in 56:55.

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The FINA World Championships take place in Rome from 17th July to 2nd August. Britain will be represented in diving, open water swimming, synchronised swimming and the swimming events.

For further details contact Dave Richards, British Swimming Media Manager, on 0778 992 6136 or email dave.richards@swimming.org

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