Open Water swimmers selected for World Champs
31st May 2013
Britain’s top open water swimmers have been selected for the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona this summer.
Current 10km world champion Keri-anne Payne (Warrender) and London 2012 Olympian Dan Fogg (British Gas Loughborough ITC) were automatically selected following their placings at last year's Olympic Games where they finished in fourth and fifth place respectively.
We have a good mix of experience and youth on the team - Head Coach Bill FurnissFogg recently swam to his best ever international open water result, taking gold at the fourth leg of the FINA 10km Marathon World Cup in Mexico whilst Payne will make her seasonal open water debut at the Test Event in Barcelona in June.
The experienced duo will be joined by senior international debutants Jack Burnell (British Gas Loughborough ITC) and Danielle Huskisson (University of Stirling) who qualified at the Portuguese Open Water Nationals in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal last week.
Battling 30mph winds and cold temperatures, Burnell and Huskisson overcame the cold conditions to finish as the top-ranked British swimmers booking their berth to Barcelona.
British Swimming Head Coach Bill Furniss said: “We have a good mix of experience and youth on the team for the World Championships this year.
“British Swimming has a strong tradition in this event and Jack and Danielle will learn a lot from both Keri-anne and Dan and also from the competition itself, which is important at the start of the next Olympic cycle."