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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pan Pac Champs Take It To The Open Water

Melissa Gorman, the Australia 2009 world 5K champion, unexpectedly won the 1500-meter freestyle last night over world record holder Kate Ziegler of America at the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in a 16:01. "We have lots of traditions in distance freestyle in Australia," said the pool and open water swimming star.

"I really tried to build into the race and tried to focus on myself and bring it home."

She certainly did, overtaking Kate in the last 200 meters and finishing strong.

After a good warm-down and a good night's rest, Melissa will be back at it in today's extremely competitive 10K where she will be racing against another Pan Pacific Swimming champion Chloe Sutton. Whether she has enough time to recover and run down Chloe and the rest of the fast field in a hard 10,000 meters is yet to be seen. She'll definitely need that closing speed over the last 200 meters to take a double gold at the Championships in Long Beach, California.

Melissa's schedule at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships was impressive: 800-meter freestyle (4th), 1500-meter freestyle (gold) and the 10K (?).

But Haley Anderson of the USA, a rising sophomore at USC, was given the distance crown with swims in the 400-meter, 800-meter and 1500-meter swims in addition to her 10K tomorrow morning - for a total of 12,700 meters.

If you are not onshore watching the men's and women's race together with Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni, Leisel Jones, Jason Lezak, Aaron Piersol and the rest of the Australian, Brazilian, New Zealand, Japanese and American Olympic stars, you can always watch live online at SwimNetwork or follow it on Twitter.

Copyright © 2010 by Steven Munatones

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