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Australians dominate latest Ocean Swim race

March 17, 2013
Ky Hurst

Ky Hurst

Australia‘s open water swimming Olympians have dominated round five of the sand to surf New Zealand Ocean Swim Series in Mt Maunganui.

Ky Hurst won the men’s race, beating fellow Queenslander Josh Richardson by five seconds with Auckland’s Phillip Ryan in third.

Hurst’s start was outstanding.  He took a different line than everyone else and it set him up nicely.

“It meant I ended up having a nice little buffer, which allowed me to relax into a good rhythm through the middle stages,” said Hurst.

It was far from a one horse race though, with 19-year-old Richardson catching Hurst at the halfway point of the 2.6km journey.

“Josh is one of the best open water swimmers in the world and has a huge future.  So it was inevitable that he was going to catch me.  At the end I was hoping we’d both catch a wave and body surf in, but it wasn’t to be,” Hurst said.

That meant hard yards right to the finish.

“We got to the last can and it was all on.  We had to give it everything we had, I just happened to get a nice couple of swells towards the end,” Hurst said.

The women’s race was far more decisive, with Australia’s Melissa Gorman once again too good for New Zealand’s best Cara Baker and Charlotte Webby.

While both Hurst and Gorman are still someway down in the overall series standings, their wins today mean they are now strong favourites to win the overall series and the $20,000 grand prize.

To be eligible for the $20,000, each swimmer must compete in a minimum of three of the six races. Just the top three performances from each swimmer count in the standings.



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