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Keri-anne Payne

Keri-anne Payne was just two days shy of her 17th birthday when she won 400m Freestyle gold at the 2004 European Short Course Championships in Vienna - her first senior international meet.

Keri-anne Payne Profile

Date of Birth 9th December 1987
Born Johannesburg (RSA)
Team/Club Warrender Baths
Coach Laurel Bailey
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.

Payne went on become a worldwide star of international open water swimming, clinching the 10km World Championship title for the first time in 2009 before defending it in Shanghai in 2011 then finishing fourth in the same event at London 2012.

She has also won further medals in the pool, notably 400m Individual Medley bronze for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course 200m Freestyle 1:59.42 2011  
Long Course 400m Freestyle 4:07.93 2011  
Long Course 800m Freestyle 8:29.98 2011  
Long Course 1500m Freestyle 16:06.67 2011 NR
Long Course 400m Individual Medley 4:38.30 2008  
Short Course 200m Freestyle 1:59.52 2010  
Short Course 400m Freestyle 4:03.60 2004  
Short Course 800m Freestyle 8.17.61 2009  
Short Course 400m Individual Medley 4:29.55 2009  

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Olympic Games 10km Marathon 2012 1:57:42.2 4th
  400m Individual Medley 2008 4:39.69 15th
  10km Marathon   1:59:29.24 SILVER
World Championships 10km 2013 1:58:25.8 14th
  1500m Freestyle 2011 16:23.11 12th
  10km   2.01:58.1 GOLD
  400m Individual Medley 2009 4:40.92 13th
  10km   2:01.37.1 GOLD
  10km 2007 2:04.37.5 11th
World Open Water Championships 10km 2010 2:06:01.4 8th
  10km 2008 2:02:14.1 8th
Commonwealth Games 400m Individual Medley 2010 4:41.07 BRONZE
  800m Freestyle 2006 8:38.24 4th
  400m Individual Medley   4:51.30 6th
European Championships 800m Freestyle 2006 8.41.43 8th
European Short Course Championships 400m Freestyle 2007 4:06.38 11th
  200m Backstroke   2:16.18 20th
  200m Individual Medley   2:15.71 19th
  400m Individual Medley   4:40.78 10th
  400m Freestyle 2005 4:11.35 17th
  800m Freestyle   8:24.04 7th
  400m Freestyle 2004 4:03.60 GOLD

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 200m Freestyle 2012 2:00.31 7th
  800m Freestyle   8:34.12 BRONZE
  400m Individual Medley   4:44.74 5th
  200m Freestyle 2011 1:59.42 BRONZE
  400m Freestyle   4:07.93 BRONZE
  800m Freestyle   8:29.98 BRONZE
  1500m Freestyle   16:06.67 GOLD
  200m Individual Medley 2010 2:15.81 4th
  400m Individual Medley   4:43.17 BRONZE
  800m Freestyle 2009 8:35.03 BRONZE
  200m Individual Medley   2.13.41 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:39.89 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley 2008 2:12.43 SILVER
  400m Individual Medley   4:38.30 SILVER
  800m Freestyle 2006 8:46.21 BRONZE
  50m Butterfly   28.75 12th
  400m Individual Medley   5:00.37 11th
  400m Freestyle 2003 4:15.69 BRONZE
  800m Freestyle   8:41.76 SILVER
  200m Backstroke   2:21.36 11th
  200m Freestyle 2002 2:07.85 26th
  400m Freestyle   4:25.33 15th
  800m Freestyle   8:58.94 8th
  50m Butterfly   29.95 19th
  400m Freestyle 2001 4:38.81 26th
  50m Butterfly   30.33 18th
ASA Championships 200m Individual Medley 2010 2:15.38 BRONZE
  200m Freestyle 2008 2:05.36 14th

In The Pool

Greatest achievement to date: World Champion in 2009 and 2011 and getting the Silver at the Olympics in 2008.

Aspirations Just to be the best I can be and make sure I enjoy myself doing it!

When did you begin swimming I started swimming when I was about 4. I started swimming when my elder brother Mark swam and I wanted to be like him

Life after swimming? Like to get into broadcasting think that would be pretty cool

Out of the Pool

Studies Full time athlete

Other sports I don't have any time for any others. 

Ultimate Relaxation Watching TV

One thing you can’t live without My family 

Tip for the top Just make sure you are enjoying what you do - you will never reach your full potential if you are not.


Sports Team I love Sale Sharks Rugby Team

Food Just food!

Hobbies Teaching in schools, Duke of Edinburgh Skill force


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