With the water temperature at the 2009 World Swimming Championships in Rome expected to be 26°C (78.8°F) and several good open water races under her belt during the past months, Olympic silver medalist Keri-Anne Payne looks to be one of the pre-race favorites in the 10K.
Keri-Anne will be the most successful international veteran among her British teammates that include Richard Charlesworth (5K), Daniel Fogg (10K), Craig Hamilton (10K), Alfie Howes (5K), Charlotte Wooliscroft (5K), Katy Whitfield (5K and 10K)
British Swimming's Open Water Performance Manager Mark Perry has been at the helm of creating the world's most comprehensive and strategic plan in open water swimming and remains focused on the long term. Mark analyzed his team's medal chances in Rome, "We're mainly going to the World Championships for the experience - everything now is about building a team and working toward London 2012. We would love to come away with a few medals, but we have to be realistic. We can't expect a repeat of Beijing, but there should definitely be some good performances."