Double gold for Australia in Samoa

Australia has started the 2010 Oceania Swimming Championships with a double, winning gold and silver in both the men’s and women’s 5km open water swim.

Jarrod Killey from Newcastle won the opening gold medal of the meet with a controlled performance in the men’s 5km, while Victorian Belinda Bennett took gold in the women’s race in what was an ideal start for the Aussies. Finishing in a time of 58 minutes and 14 seconds, 19-year-old Killey swam a controlled race all the way, sticking with Queenslander Codey Grimsey who finished second before out sprinting him with less than 50m to go.

Grimsey was just a second behind Killey as they crossed the line, while 19-year-old Phillip Ryan from Auckland finished third in 58 minutes and 18 seconds.<

For Killey, who finished fifth in both the 5 and 10km open water events at the Australian Championships in February, the win was a great way to start what will be a busy week for the engineering student.

“Codey beat me at trials so I was expecting him to set the pace which he did and I was just lucky to hang on.  I thought I lost him for a bit, but I was able to get back in front and win the race,” said Killey.

Belinda Bennett’s win was her second international gold medal for Australia having won the 10km at last year’s Junior Pan Pacs in Guam, which will see her start as hot favourite for tomorrow’s race.

Bennett was the fifth across the line overall, having started with the men and dominated the women’s race from the outset finishing in one hour and 14 seconds, just two minutes behind the winning men’s time from Killey.

The following countries are competing: Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Hawaii, Marshall Island, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tonga.

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