Thursday, October 23, 2008


The fantastic Great North Swim can be seen by Internet users within the UK or the Republic of Ireland on Channel 4 for 13 more days. Click here to watch this 1-mile race in Lake Windermere in England. The race was a great rematch between several Olympic medalists.

Turning the tables on his Olympic rivals, David Davies won a thrilling battle in 17 minutes 3 seconds over second-place Maarten van der Weijden, the Olympic 10K gold medalist, and third-place Thomas Lurz, the Olympic 10K bronze medalist.

Olympic 10K bronze medalist Cassandra Patten finished in 18:21, earning a 1-second victory over Olympic 10K silver medalist Keri-Anne Payne and 400-meter freestyle bronze medalist Joanne Jackson in the made-for-TV event.

More than 2,200 swimmers participated in the first-year event, the largest open water swim in the largest lake in England.

With London hosting the 2012 Olympics, the future looks bright for its homeland heroes with strong British Swimming Federation support, growing media interest and overwhelming citizen enthusiasm over open water swimming.

Decorated British pool swimmer Mark Foster said, "The response from the public has been phenomenal and to have 2,200 swimmers of all abilities taking to the water is a real achievement for the sport. [People...] got to see the most talented long-distance swimmers in the world doing what they do best."

Photos provided by the Great North Swim.

Note: video of the event cannot be seen by those outside the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

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