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FINA 2009 World Championships Swimming - Day 3 Morning Session

David Davies took five seconds off the 800m Freestyle British record as the British Gas swimming team secured one final and three semi-final places after strong performances through the heat session. Davies took to heat four alongside Italian Federico Colbertaldo and Robert Hurley (Australia) and was looking to post a quick time to reach the final next day.

The Olympic silver medallist dominated the first half of his race but as the race entered the final 400m Colbertaldo began to close in on the British Gas swimmer. Davies showed his strength in the final 100m as he touched in a time of 7:45.89 to knock five seconds off his own British record time and qualified in fourth place for the final.

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Compete against Olympians in the Great Swim Challenge

World Champion Gold medallist Keri-Anne Payne, Olympic Silver medallist David Davies and Olympic Bronze medallist Cassie Patten are just a few of the great athletes launching the Great Swim 2009, by participating in the Great London Swim.

The Great Swim involves a new series of one mile swims taking place throughout the country, the first kicking off in London, at the Royal Victoria Dock on Saturday 15 August 2009, giving swimmers the opportunity to swim against the outstanding backdrop of Canary Wharf and The O2 arena.

The idea comes from the world’s biggest half marathon, the Bupa Great North Run, using mass participation events to provide a focus and challenge for which people can train.

FINA 2009 World Championships Open Water dates revised

Storm damage has forced FINA to postpone the World Championship Open Water events in Rome where athletes on the British Gas Swimming Team were set to compete. At a meeting held in Rome the FINA Bureau decided to postpone the events due to the weather conditions in Ostia, the location for the competitions.

The Open Water Swimming races will now take place on 21 July 2009 - 5km Women (11:00) and 5km Men (14:00); 23 July 2009 - 10km Women (08:30) and 10km Men (12:00); 25 July 2009 - 25km Men (08:30) and 25km Women (08:40).

LEN Open Water European Junior Championships 2009

4/5 July 2009 - Porec

A team of some of Britain’s most exciting young open water swimmers will test themselves against Europe’s best in Croatia. A six-strong British Gas Junior Open Water team, all of whom competed in the LEN Open Water Cup in Israel last month, includes Craig Hamilton who managed an impressive fifth place in the men’s event in Israel.

British Gas ASA Open Water Age Group and Youth Championships 2009

Monday 27 July 2009 - Rother Valley Country Park, near Sheffield

Entries are now being accepted for the British Gas ASA Open Water Age Group & Youth Championships. The date has been selected to allow competitors to compete in the Open Water Championships whilst they are at Ponds Forge, Sheffield for the British Gas ASA Age & Youth Championships and arrangements have been made to enter the Open Water event whilst at Ponds Forge for the pool based Championships.

Points scored by Youth swimmers at Rother Valley will count towards the Top Club awards at the pool based National Youth Championships.

British Gas Open Water team for FINA World Championships 2009

Olympic silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne is set to head a seven-strong British Gas Open Water team at the FINA World Championships in Rome.

The Open Water competition will take place from 19 – 22 July 2009 in the sea off Ostia. The Championships will feature a strong British Gas team who are coming off an incredibly successful LEN Open Water Cup event in Israel which saw the British Gas team take four of the six medals on offer.

Led by British Swimming Open Water Performance Manager Mark Perry, the British Gas team are going into the event to build experience and test themselves against the world’s best. This is a valuable opportunity for many of the younger, developing swimmers that will provide guidance while they continue to grow as international swimmers.

1st Seoul International Para Open Water Championships 2009

Update - postponed from original date (9 to 12 July 2009) - Han River, Seoul, Korea.

The event is for those who are classified as S1-10 disabled athletes. More information will be forthcoming.

Contact:
Sung Ho Kim
1007, Sesin Vision Plaza, 923, Mok 1 Doing, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul, Korea
Phone +82 19 672 3842
Fax +82 2 2647 3143
E-mail adullam3927@naver.com

Patten signs up for Great East Swim

Cassie Patten, one of the Olympic heroines from Beijing, has signed up to take part in the inaugural Great East Swim. The 22 year old, who won bronze in the 10k open water swim in 2008, was also the winner of the inaugural Great North Swim in Lake Windermere last year.

The Great East Swim makes it's debut at Alton Water, Suffolk on 26 September 2009 and is over a distance of one mile. Swimmers will be set off in waves of approximately 200 and the event will be televised for broadcast on Channel 4.

ASA South West Region Open Water Championships 2009 - Weymouth

Two weeks from the closing date (8 June 2009) Brian Bewley, ASA SW Region Open Water Secretary has only received 36 entries so far.

The number of entrants at 22 May 09 are: 10km Male five; 10km Women four; 5km Male eight, 5km Women four, 3km Male four; 3km Women five; 1.5km Male nil; 1.5km Women six.

Usually by this date Brian would have receved approximately 100 entries!

Please can you pass the word around that we need many more entries! Whilst the "credit crunch" and the cancellation this year of events normally held at Nottingham - the ASA Area 5Km, Age Group County Team Event and the Masters 3km - may well have some bearing on the numbers, the South West are trying to soldier on with our normal event program.

So let's take advantage of the best open water in the country, hope for more good weather and support open water swimming.

Please download the information and circulate entry forms today!

2009 LEN Open Water Cup

30 May 2009 - Eilat, Israel

Britain’s open water swimmers are set to take on some of Europe’s best in the first leg of the Open Water LEN Cup. The British Gas team consisting of 13 athletes, includes Olympic silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne and David Fogg, 2008 LEN Cup silver medallist, as well as up-and-coming athletes Richard Charlesworth and Charlotte Wooliscroft who will be looking for a good result in their first major competition of the season.

Of the event Mark Perry, British Gas open water Team Leader, said: "This event is more about our athletes and how well they compete, not so much about the international competition. For some it will be used as qualification for the European Junior Championships and the World Championships, so we want to see how well they can perform."

Great Scottish Swim 2009

Saturday 29 August 2009 - Strathclyde Country Park

The Great Scottish Swim looks set to make waves this August when the exciting one mile open water challenge comes to North Lanarkshire. Entries are now open at www.greatswim.org.

The swim is the latest event to be announced as part of Great Swim - a new series of one mile mass participation televised events taking place throughout the UK, following the success of the Great North Swim, which made its debut in Windermere in September 2008 as Britain’s biggest open water mass participation swim.