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Kiwi confirms swim in season finale

April 3, 2013
Kane Radford (Photo: Ella Brockelsby / photosport.co.nz)

Kane Radford (Photo: Ella Brockelsby / photosport.co.nz)

Rotorua‘s Kane Radford has confirmed he will swim in the season-ending event of the New Zealand Ocean Swim series on Saturday, despite recent surgery for appendicitis.

The illness forced him to miss the last round of the series and the recent pool nationals in Auckland, but he returns for the 2.8km King of the Bays event from Milford Beach to Takapuna Beach as the richest cash prize in the history of New Zealand swimming goes on the line.

Radford heads into the series finale with a narrow lead over Auckland’s Phillip Ryan, but with points from just three of the six races counting, and double points on offer in the King of the Bays, the final standings are set to be markedly different to what the currently are.

For example, if Australia’s double open water Olympian Ky Hurst, who is currently fourth in the standings, wins the King of The Bays, he will secure the maximum 400 series points, and leapfrog everyone to win the $20,000. And if he wins, Hurst has made a big promise. “The money will into a bank account that I’ll be opening for my four-month old son.”

The same scenario is playing out the women’s series. Former world 5km open water champion, Australian Melissa Gorman, is currently in sixth place but the defending series champion could take home the major spoils with a win.

“The motivation of winning that money is massive,” she said. “$20,000 will make such a difference and help me out a lot with my training and overseas travel plans, so I’d love to have a good race this weekend.”

In all, prize money totals $46,000.

The event is also celebrating its 10th anniversary on Saturday. Just five of the 1600 swimmers entered have raced in all 10 events.

The amateurs will join the pros and several Kiwi sporting celebrities in the swim, including Olympic boardsailing medallist Barbara Kendall, former All Black Ian Jones and former Silver Fern Tania Dalton.

Current overall standings (after five rounds):-

Men: Kane Radford (Rotorua) 298.28 points 1, Phillip Ryan (Auckland) 296.86 2, Casey Glover (Wellington) 287.87 3, Ky Hurst (Queensland) 200.00 4, Codie Grimsey (Queensland) 197.89 5.

Women: Charlotte Webby (New Plymouth) 299.57 1, Cara Baker (Auckland) 297.52 2,  Kirsty Wannan (Auckland) 285.40 3, Natalie Woodgate (Auckland) 274.10 4, Bridget Maher (Auckland) 273.42 5, Melissa Gorman (Queensland) 200.00 6.

Fairfax NZ News

 

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