13 top British open water swimmers will compete in the first leg of the Open Water LEN Cup in Eilat, Israel this weekend, including Olympic silver medalist Keri-Anne Payne (see photo), Daniel Fogg, 2008 LEN Cup silver medalist and up-and-comers Richard Charlesworth, who has been training in Los Angeles at USC, and Charlotte Wooliscroft.
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. 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. It will be a good test for some of our younger athletes. They will have to battle against the heat so it will test their mettle and we’ll see if they are up for it."
The 2009 LEN Open Water Cup sees the best European men’s and women’s open water swimmers compete in five 10K races throughout the year.
The British team includes Richard Charlesworth, Daniel Fogg, Craig Hamilton, Alfie Howes, Gareth Keating, Sophie Casson, Keri-Anne Payne, Charlotte Woolscroft, Katy Whitfield, Catherine Marcoft, Kayleigh Dawson, Eleanor Faulkner and Lucy Worrall.
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