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The Olympic 10k swim made dramatic viewing, says Cassie Patten

Like millions of sports fans around the world this summer, I was glued to the TV for the Rio Olympics. After the flurry of medals in the aquatic centre, a¤ention turned to the open water marathon, where we saw Olympic veteran Keri-anne Payne and young hopeful Jack Burnell take to the waters off Copacabana beach.

The course was far from traditional, starting with a smaller loop before the swimmers completed another five laps. In the women’s race, Keri-anne was in the lead pack from the off, although the 28 year old’s preparation for the event had been far from traditional. Following a year out of the water to pursue other interests and relocating to Edinburgh to be with her husband and Olympian David Carry, Keri-anne took Judo lessons to improve her tolerance of the physical element of the sport, which was an area she had previously struggled with.

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In this issue we explore wild swimming in Scandinavia, where the right to roam extends to swimming outdoors – in some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. We also bring you reports from some our favourite events of the summer – more swims for you to add to your bucket list! We hear from Howard James and Sabrina Wiedmer about their record breaking swims – the earliest (and coldest) English Channel crossing and the first woman to cross the Dál Raita Channel, respectively. And if that all sounds a bit too hardcore and serious, Dan Abel shows us how to keep our swimming fun. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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