Kareena Lee, Open Water Olympian
World Open Water Swimming Association is profiling the fastest open water swimmers in the world who will compete in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the Summer Games in Tokyo on August 4th and 5th.
Kareena Jane Lee is a 25-year-old pool and open water swimmer from Noosa, Australia who qualified fourth at the 2019 FINA World Championship to become a 2021 marathon swimming finalist in the Tokyo Olympics.
- 5 km winner at 2020 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships in Brighton Beach
- 2nd in the 2019 FINA Marathon Swim Series 10 km race held in Doha Bay, Qatar
- Winner of the 2019 aQuellé Midmar Mile in South Africa
- Honouree of the Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Class of 2020-2021
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Where are you training and who are you training with?
Kareena Lee: I am training in Noosa, Queensland, Australia at the Noosa Aquatic Centre. My coach is John Rodgers and I train alongside Nick Sloman, one of Australia’s best male open water swimmers, Bill Thorley, Hong Kong’s best open water swimmer, and Finella Gibs-Beal, Australia’s best junior open water swimmer.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What’s the hardest set you’ve done recently?
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you in a race?
Kareena Lee: In 2015 at the China World Cup race, I broke a rib. I was swimming in the pack and lifted my head up to sight and one of the girls was on her back taking a gel and she used me to kick off. It was in the middle of the race and yes, I kept swimming…it hurt quite a bit, but I didn’t feel bad enough to stop….it wasn’t until I finished that I really felt the pain.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What do you know about the course in Tokyo?
Kareena Lee: I know that the water is going to be hot and the laps are going to be short. Shorter laps will mean there are more chances for feeds. Hydration will be important in the hot water.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What is in your bottle during your feeds?
Kareena Lee: Infinit Nutrition does all the hard work for me…they have worked with my dietitian to make me a customized sports drink giving me carbs, fructose and some caffeine.
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