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Bid to get Olympian back in Fiji waters

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, August 27, 2012

FIJI Swims is eyeing the return of US Olympic gold medallist swimmer Dana Vollmer at next year's competition.

Vollmer, who was re-inspired to participate in competitive swimming after debuting in the Fiji Swims four years ago, won gold in the women's 100 metres butterfly event with a record time of 55.98 seconds at the 2012 London Olympic.

Fiji Swims organiser Christine Conolly said they were eyeing host of other top swimmers to be part of the event next year.

"While the dates of the event next year is being finalised, we have confirmation on a team of 30 swimmers from the US as well as Hong Kong," she said.

Conolly hailed this year's event a success, adding the participants enjoyed the competition.

The competition started with a 19 kilometre marathon, which was won by the Australian Josh Richardson with a record time of three hours and 39 minutes.

The 18-year-old Brisbane teenager also managed to win the 2.7km in a time of 24 minutes and 37 seconds closely followed by Malcolm Allen also of Australia with a time of 24 min and 38s.

Mark Mueller won the 1km event which also saw local swimmers competing.

New Zealand's Kirsten Cameron, a Masters World champion in the 30-34 and 35-39 age group, was the first female to finish the 19km race.

Conolly said all funds raised during this event would go to the Shane Gould Drowning Prevention program.

Australian Gould is a former Olympic medallist and has been a regular in the Fiji Swims competition.





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