Ky Hurst, Halfway There

Ky Hurst, Halfway There

Legendary waterman and two-time Olympic marathon swimmer Ky Hurst took time out of his pre-Olympic training schedule in Switzerland over the weekend and won the Swiss National 5km Open Water Swimming Championship in Rorschach.

While training with the rest of Swimming Australia at altitude, Hurst found the conditions similar to what might encounter in London at the Olympic marathon swimming 10km – overcast skies with drizzle and 20°C (68°F) water.

The London-like weather seemed to the Aussie’s liking as he ripped off a 53 minute 24 second victory.

Coach Colin Braund commented, “Ky controlled the swim very well and I was very pleased with the way in which he built the race.” Swimming Australia Open Water Coach Greg Towle seems to be also confident but respectful of Hurst’s competitors, “Experience is a major component to being successful in open water swimming, both Melissa [Gorman] and Ky were in Beijing and I believe that they have matured as athletes over the past four years which will assist them greatly in London.”

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