You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Open-water swimmers fall short

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/06/2016

New Zealand's open water swimmers have missed out on late qualification for the Rio Olympics, falling short at the final qualification event in Portugal.

Kane Radford was the best of the New Zealanders, finishing 19th in the men's 10km event at Setubal near Lisbon, 20 seconds off the final direct qualifying spot for Rio.

Radford raced impressively in the big lead pack for much of the six-lap race, reeling off 18-minute laps to lie 10th after four laps.

He managed to lift as the pace went on in lap five with a 17:39 effort to remain in contention, but slipped back in the last as China's Lijun Zu went on for a 1:52:18 win.

The final direct spot was secured in 1:52.32, which was 20 seconds faster than Radford, all lost in that frantic final lap.

Of the other Kiwis, Phillip Ryan was 34th in the 10km while Charlotte Webby was 31st in the women's race.

Webby had remained in contention after four laps, but couldn't match the stunning pace of the leaders over the final two laps.

China's Xin Xin won with 1:55:12 in a sprint finish with double world champion Keri-Anne Payne, while Webby was five minutes astray in 2:00:13.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon