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Silver for Payne in Midmar Mile

12th February 2013

World 10km open water champion Keri-anne Payne reached her first international podium of the season with silver at the Midmar Mile in South Africa.

Despite having just three months full-time training under her belt, Payne clocked 19:23 to finish second behind USA’s Ashley Twichell (19:07) but ahead of South Africa’s bronze medallist Michelle Weber (19:30).

It was good. It was fun. That's exactly why I wanted to come out here.

Payne has joined a new training group at Warrender Baths for the upcoming season and insisted the event– which she had won for the past seven years – had been encouraging race practice for her.

"It was good. It was fun,” said Payne “That's exactly why I wanted to come out here.

"I do think I took the right line, kind of split from the pack. I managed to get a little bit of a better line into the finish.

“Towards the end I was trying to catch Ashley. I was just a bit too far off and I kept weaving. But it was good. I really enjoyed it."

Payne will be one of a number of domestic and international stars taking part in the British Gas International Swimming Meet in Leeds next month. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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