Sunday, July 3, 2011

blueseventy takes crowns in London

Blueseventy Helix clad swimmers take men’s and women's elite crowns in the great London Swim.
Mens Elite winners L:R
Dave Carry (2nd), Tom Allen (1st), Jan Wolfgarten (3rd)

Womens Elite winners L:R
Keri Anne Payne (2nd), Isabelle Haerle (1st), Maaike Waaijer (3rd)

Saturday July 2nd saw one of the greatest days in open water swimming. Over 5000 swimmers entered the east India docks of London to take part in the biggest one-day participation of the UK Great Swim Series. Tom Allen and Isabelle Haerle took victories again in the Elite races with Isabelle taking the scalp of Open Water star Keri-Anne Payne in the process. Isabelle said of her win “It was always going to be hard to win with Keri-Anne and Cassie Patten in the race and a field of the best girls in swimming. It was a tough race and I had to give it all I had to take the victory”

Men’s’ victor Tom Allen, fresh from his win at the Great North Swim in Windermere was surprised how fast Dave Carry took the event out, “ Dave went quick, which surprised me, but I just had to sit close and swim a smart race until I knew it was the right time to go. I am delighted to take another win in this great swim series and in the great setting of the Docklands”

The event saw not only the elite of the swimming world take to the famous docklands of London, but also over 5000 swimmers raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity entered the 17-degree waters with their own personal motivations for finishing their Great Swim.

blueseventy were delighted to again be the choice of the elite, with over 95% of the elite field choosing to wear the award winning Helix wetsuit. Andy Caine, elite athlete manager for the event stated “We leave it up to the athletes as to the suit they choose to wear, and it’s the great suits, fitting and knowledge of the blueseventy Team that make the Helix the time and time again request of the worlds greatest open water swimmers at our events”

Great East Swim: Results

Elite Men:
1. Tom Allen 16:31:22
2. Dave Carry 16:35:20
3. Jan Wolfgarten 16:42:95

Elite Women:
1. Isabelle Haerle 17:56:39
2. Keri-Anne Payne 17:58:67
3. Maaike Waaijer 17:58:92

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