Hector Pardoe, Leah Crisp, and Amber Keegan British Swimming Open Water Team Selections for Fukuoka

Hector Pardoe, Leah Crisp, and Amber Keegan British Swimming Open Water Team Selections for Fukuoka

Hector Pardoe, Leah Crisp, and Amber Keegan have earned their spots on the British Swimming marathon swimming team for the upcoming 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. From July 15th to 20th, the championship will unfold at the picturesque Seaside Momochi Beach Park. Their selection comes on the heels of their impressive performances at the Sardinia leg of the World Aquatics Open Water World Cup, where they all finished among the top 20 in their respective 10km events.

Crisp and Keegan will make their debut appearances at the World Championships and Pardoe returns for his second consecutive participation after representing Team GB in Tokyo two years ago. Pardoe, at 22 years old, has his sights set on emulating his success at an Olympic level, aiming to secure a spot for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Reflecting on his inclusion, Pardoe expressed excitement and confidence in competing against the world’s elite swimmers. He highlighted the boost of confidence gained from qualifying in Sardinia, particularly after a 10-month break from open water swimming. Following Sardinia, Pardoe and his fellow athletes traveled to Setubal for the next leg of the Open Water World Cup, where they further sharpened their skills along the Portuguese coast.

In Setubal, Pardoe finished sixth in the Men’s 10km race, a few seconds away from a podium placement. Crisp and Keegan also had commendable performances, with Crisp securing 13th place and Keegan finishing 20th. Although both swimmers are relatively new to marathon swimming, having recently transitioned from pool-focused races, their participation in the World Championships is significant for the sport in their country.

Beyond aiming for top rankings and medals, the 2023 World Aquatics Championships provide an opportunity for Olympic qualification for the 2024 Paris Games. This adds another layer of importance as athletes strive to secure coveted spots for their respective nations. Kevin Renshaw, British Swimming’s Performance Pathway & Distance Lead, expressed optimism regarding the potential of the selected squad in Japan.

Source: British Swimming

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