Two of the swimmers on the British Swimming Open Water Development
programme have been named to face up to some of the world's strongest
Open Water swimmers at the London 10km Marathon Swimming International
on Saturday 10 August, a test event for the London 2012 Olympic Marathon
Lucy Charles and Rachael Williamson will swim the course in London's
Hyde Park which will be used during next summer's Olympic Games. The
athletes have experience of junior level competition and will be aiming
to learn from the top athletes in the field.
British Swimming Development and Open Water Coach Mark Perry commented:
"We have now entered the last year to go until the Olympic Games and we
are all motivated and excited by the opportunity to compete in front of
our home crowd at the Olympic test event. This level of competition will
give our next generation of the athletes a chance to experience the
Olympic course and race against top level competition before we begin
training for the Games.
"They will receive sport science support from one of the best
Performance Scientist we have working for the organisation. This will
match the level of support that an athlete will receive at an Olympics
or World Championships and so getting them used to this process now at
this stage in their career is invaluable for their development.
World Champion Keri-anne Payne and the rest of the elite squad will be
missing this event after just returning from the World Championships in
The World Championships provided athletes with the first opportunity to
reach the qualifying standard for the Olympic Games and was highlighted
as the benchmark meet of the year for the athletes who are now on their
break from training.
"Our elite swimmers have just returned from the World Championships
which saw Keri-anne [Payne] retain the World Championship title and
achieve the qualifying standard for the London Olympics," Perry added.
"The decision was made that like every year our swimmers take a break
and rest before preparing for the next cycle and this means that we can
use this competition to give our development athletes a valuable
opportunity to experience this level of competition."