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OWS Aquathlon Race 6 report 2013
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Tuesday 10th September 2013


Tags  Alice Hector  |  Hannah Kitchen  |  India Lee  |  Mike Trees  |  Richard Stannard  |  Sam Wade


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With the ITU World Aquathlon Championships taking place tomorrow in Hyde Park, several athletes who race at the final round of the Open Water Swim.co.uk Aquathlon Series at Datchet on Saturday will be hoping to disply the same sort of record breaking form they showed at the weekend. Here is the race report - which might well act as a good guide to some expected medal winner tomorrow!


Open Water Swim.co.uk Aquathlon Series Race 6 - 7th September 2013

FULL RESULTS | REPLAY IN TRIVEIWER

An International field of aquathletes assembled at Datchet last Saturday morning for the final of the OWS Aquathlon series. With the World Championships this Wednesday in Hyde Park many of the athletes were looking for one last hit out prior to the big day.

This was certainly the case for former World Champion Richard Stannard. Still recovering from a broken wrist after being hit by a car in July he was looking for a stellar performance in order to prepare for Wednesday's race. He did not disappoint, the course record at Datchet stood at 24:42 seconds for the 750m swim (08:40) 5km Run (16:02) set in June 2007. Richard lead from the gun and was through transition in 08:35 five seconds up on the record, he then extended his lead with a 16:04 5km to finish in the new record of 24.39. Second place on the day went to Sam Wade also getting ready to represent Great Britain next week in Hyde Park. Third across the line and also going to Hyde Park to defend his world title (AG50-54) was Mike Trees. Mat Clarkson managed fourth across the line which was enough to ensure victory in the series followed in joint second by Sam Wade and Richard Munday.

The women's Aquathlon series this season has seen the fastest racing in the history of the OWS series. The course record had already been broken three times before the final! From the gun Alice Hector (2007 ETU Long Distance Championship bronze medallist) and Hannah Kitchen (former course record holder) shared the lead. Through transition and out onto the run the girls were neck and neck pushing each other all the way. In the final 400m Hannah made a move for the finish but Alice had it covered and attacked with 150m to go and crossed the line in 28:23 for a new course record by seven seconds.

So the final race in the series had athletes from eight different nations racing, several former and current world champions and saw both the men's and women's course records broken. The most consist aquathletes of the year were Mat Clarkson (former champion in 2007) and India Lee who finished third on the day and won the series in her first season of racing.

To enter the 2014 series see www.openwaterswim.co.uk


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