Keri-Anne Payne

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Keri-Anne Payne, 2-time Olympian and world champion marathon swimmer
Keri-Anne Payne, 2011 FINA World 10K Champion
Keri-Anne Payne
Keri-Anne Payne
Keri-Anne Payne, born 9 December 1987 in Johannesburg, South Africa, is a British Olympic pool and open water swimmer and silver medalist in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She was a gold medalist at the 2009 and 2011 World Swimming Championships and finished fourth in the 2012 London Olympics 10K Marathon Swim.

Payne represented Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the women's 200 meter individual medley, 400 metre individual medley and the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim.

She lives in Wales. She swims a variety of other pool and open water swimming events. At the 2009 FINA World Championships held in Rome and the 2011 FINA World Championships held in Shanghai, Payne won the 10 km marathon swim, solidifying her reputation as the world's best female 10 km marathon swimmer.

Payne is ranked in the 2011 FINA World Cup Rankings and won the 2011 FINA World Championships in the 10K Olympic qualifier in Shanghai, China. She was named as the 2011 Swimming World Magazine's Open Water Swimmer of the Year and was nominated for the 2011 and 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award. She has also won events from Great Britain to South Africa, including 7 consecutive victories in the aQuellé Midmar Mile.


[edit] Dedication Not Sacrifice

[edit] World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

[edit] Payne at the Midmar Mile

[edit] 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Payne was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award. Her World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

Keri-Anne Payne was the face and standard-bearer of Olympic marathon swimming in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. The odds-on gold medal favorite always carried herself with grace and elegance throughout the massive media blitz as if she were born into the role. Kind with fans, patient with the media, accommodating to sponsors, she was the epitome of an ambassador of the sport. Attractive, talented and well-spoken, the pressure and expectations to win was beyond anything anyone has ever faced in the open water world. To the disappointment of over 30,000 fans in Hyde Park including the Prime Minister, she did not live up to the gold medal expectations that engulfed her in suffocating fashion. Yet she never lost her graceful veneer and humble attributes. Despite leaving London without a medal, she was able to hold her head high and leave a true champion. For her strength of character, for her ability to rebound from finishing fourth at the Olympics, for her continued role as an ambassador of the sport, Keri-Anne Payne is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

[edit] 2012 Olympic Marathon Swim Results

GOLD Eva Risztov (HUN) 1:57:38.2
SILVER Haley Anderson (USA) 1:57:38.6
BRONZE Martina Grimaldi (ITA) 1:57:41.8
4. Keri-Anne Payne (GBR) 1:57:42.2
5. Angela Maurer (GER) 1:57:52.8
6. Ophelie Aspord (FRA) 1:58:43.1
7. Olga Beresnyeva (UKR) 1:58:44.4
8. Erika Villaecija (ESP) 1:58:49.5
9. Jana Pechanova (CZE) 1:58:52.8
10. Anna Guseva (RUS) 1:58:53.0
11. Melissa Gorman (AUS) 1:58:53.1
12. Karla Sitic (CRO) 1:58:54.7
13. Yumi Kida (JPN) 1:58:59.1
14. Yanel Pinto (VEN) 1:59:05.8
15. Natalia Charlos (POL) 1:59:58.7
16. Heidi Gan (MAS) 2:00:45.0
17. Cecilia Biagioli (ARG) 2:01:02.2
18. Zsofia Balazs (CAN) 2:01:17.8
19. Swann Oberson (SUI) 2:01:38.0
20. Wing Yung Natasha Terri Tang (HKG) 2:02:33.4
21. Lizeth Rueda Santos (MEX) 2:02:46.1
22. Marianna Lymperta (GRE) 2:04:26.5
Poliana Okimoto (BRA) DNF
Jessica Roux (RSA) DNF
Yanqiao Fang (CHN) DNS

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