Olympian Jack Burnell had a successful weekend out in Australia, claiming a gold and a silver medal at the Australian Open Water Swimming Championship at Mooloolaba beach.
Saturday was the 10km event, the same event Jack will be swimming this summer at the Rio Olympics. After a long, gruelling race, Jack finished in second place in a time of 1:59:32:36, just behind American Jordan Wilimovsky, the 2015 world champion. Jack’s GB and Loughborough NTC teammate Caleb Hughes finished 12 seconds later, picking up seventh place.
The British pair raced again the following day, this time in the 5km event. Caleb took an early lead, whilst a relaxed Jack began the race behind the field. Following the race, Jack commented “I was still swimming towards the start line when the field set off but I knew I had time to catch up!"
“I was still swimming towards the start line when the field set off but I knew I had time to catch up!"
Luckily, Jack’s experience and stamina paid off and he pulled ahead later in the race, along with Canada’s Richard Weinberger and Japan’s Yasunari Hirai, with the trio racing their way to a sprint finish. Less than a second split the three podium places, but Jack’s powerful sprint to the line saw him take gold in a time of 56:01:03.
Caleb Hughes improved on the previous day’s results also, finishing in fifth place behind Rhys Mainstone, the Australian National champion.