Chelsea chalks up fifth Australian Open Water crown in Adelaide
Olympic marathon swimmer Chelsea Gubecka has swum away from the field to notch up her fifth Australian Open Water 10km Championship title at Brighton, SA today.
The 19-year-old celebrated Australia Day in style, making the most of a breakaway at the five kilometre mark and she was never headed.
Trained at Kawana Waters by astute open water coach Michael Sage, Gubecka won her fifth title in six years to beat fellow Sunshine Coaster Kareena Lee (Mt Creek, Mooloolaba) with Mackenzie Brazier (Kawana Waters) third, followed by Japan’s Minamai Niikura (Japan) and Gubecka’s 15-year-old sister Chloe fifth.
“I’m pretty stoked,” said Gubecka, “It’s a tough event and to be able to chalk-up five titles in in a quality field like this is awesome.
“At the five kilometre mark I decided to take a risk and if ever it was a year to take risks it was this year and I need to test myself so I put a spurt on for a breakaway and it worked.”
Gubecka also earned herself a valuable 20 points towards Pan Pacific Championship selection before she lines up in the three overseas World Cup events.
Sloman too fast in quest for Australian Open water 10km title
Noosa young gun Nick Sloman has taken his first major step towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics winning his first Australian Open 10km marathon Championship at Adelaide’s Brighton Beach today.
The 20-year-old Engineering student timed his race to perfection to out sprint WA’s Simon Huitenga (City of Perth) with Hungary’s Mark Papp third ahead of Australian pair Bailey Armstrong (Kawana Waters) and Ollie Signorini (Carlile).
The plan, set by legendary coach John Rodgers was for Sloman to make his move once he turned the turning buoy on the final lap, with 1.25km to swim and he followed it to perfection – after electing nt to feed at the 7.5km mark.
It caught some of the field off guard after Papp and Huitenga had dominated up front for most of the race.
“I knew as soon as I went for it that there was no looking back, there was no stopping until the end and that’s what I did,” said Sloman, who has also taken maximum points towards selection on the Australian team for this year’s Pan Pacific Championships.
Stay tuned! Full wrap, women's event and results to follow
PHOTO: Delly Carr (Swimming Australia)