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Friday, March 15, 2013
Ky Hurst Has A Swell Time To Victory In New Zealand
Chalk up the victory to his navigational sense: Hurst took a different line than everyone else right from the start and it set him up nicely. "It meant I ended up having a nice little buffer, which allowed me to relax into a good rhythm through the middle stages."
But Richardson made it exciting when the 19-year-old Queenslander caught Hurst at the halfway point of the 2.6 km race. "Josh is one of the best open water swimmers in the world and has a huge future. So it was inevitable that he was going to catch me. At the end I was hoping we’d both catch a wave and body surf in, but it wasn’t to be."
Hurst may have wanted to body surf in mano-a-mano with Richardson, but his ocean knowledge was the difference. "We got to the last can and it was all on. We had to give it everything we had, I just happened to get a nice couple of swells towards the end. I love coming to New Zealand and doing these State ocean swims. It is one of the best run series in the world, and for me to be a part of it is an absolute joy. And at the end of the day if I can walk away with $20,000, it’ll certainly be icing on the cake."
2013 State Sand To Surf Results:
1. Ky Hurst (Queensland) 29:35
2. Josh Richardson (Queensland) 29:40
3. Phillip Ryan (Auckland) 30:14
4. Casey Glover (Wellington) 30:37
5. Brent Foster (Auckland)30:38
Current overall standings (after five rounds) in the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series:
1. Kane Radford (Rotorua) 298.28
2. Phillip Ryan (Auckland) 296.86
3. Casey Glover (Wellington) 287.87
4. Ky Hurst (Queensland) 200.00
5. Codie Grimsey (Queensland) 197.89
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