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New swim record

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, August 24, 2012

AUSTRALIA'S Josh Richardson set a new race record in the 19 kilometre open water swim yesterday from Westin Denerau Resort and Spa beach to the Beachcomber Island.

The 18-year-old Brisbane teenager completed the event, which saw more than 60 swimmers competing, in three hours and 39 minutes.

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 race.

"This was the longest swim Cameron had ever done, but together with her husband as support paddler, was delighted to finish as the first female in a time of 4 hours and 8 minutes," Fiji Swims organiser Christine Conolly said in a statement.

Meanwhile 18-year-old Caitlin Wall of Brisbane, the youngest soloist across the line, successfully completed the 19km race in four hours and 12 minutes

Three Olympic swimmers, gold medallist Shane Gould, Neil Rogers and 1996 freestyle champion Malcolm Allen also participated in the race.

"Allen and his very fit swimming friends formed a team, "Maroubra Vono" who were the first team across the line in a time of four hours and 11 minutes," Conolly said.

Fiji Swims will hold the 1km and 2.7km swim from Treasure Island to Beachcomber Island tomorrow.

Registrations are open and welcome to all swimmers.





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