Rotorua swimmer Kane Radford has stopped the Aussies from making a clean sweep in the Oceania 10km Swimming Championships.
In what were described as "pool like" conditions at Lake Okataina on the weekend, 14 swimmers took to the water.
The action-packed race saw Auckland swimmer Phillip Ryan burst out to
an early lead, but he was eventually pulled back by Radford and the two
Australian swimmers Blake Collis and eventual winner, Trent Grimsey.
The lead changed several times throughout the race between Radford,
Collis and Grimsey, but with about 1.5km to go, Grimsey powered to
about a 5m lead which he never gave up.
Grimsey was first with a time of 1hr 59min 34sec, followed by Radford 1:59.53 then Collis 2:00.06.
Radford, 17, said he was unaware of Grimsey's lead until they rounded the buoy.
"He [Grimsey] was out quite wide and I didn't see him take off until
the buoy, by then it was too late. I tried really hard to catch him."
Radford and Grimsey have built up quite a rivalry - over the past 12
months the pair have met on several occasions, with Radford winning the
"He raced a smart race today and came out on top. I
guess it's payback for me beating him last time. He is a great swimmer
and I enjoy competing against him," Radford said.
Although disappointed not to win the race, Radford said he was happy with how he went.
"I had prepared well for the race and was feeling good prior and during it," he said.
"That's just the way it goes in these types of races - it all comes
down to tactics. Phillip went real fast early so we had to chase him,
but I missed Trent's burst."
Radford's coach, Donna Bouzaid, said she was happy with his performance. "It was always going to be a tough race."
The women's 10km race was won by Amy Thompson and Stacey Hansford, both
from Australia, with a time of 2:04.51, with Southland swimmer Joyce
Wiegersma 2:08.22 rounding out the top three.
Full results are attached.
Last Modified on 10/05/2012 13:01