Lake Te Anau record broken

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 13:08 11/01/2014
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BARRY HARCOURT
Invercargill's Robert McDonald, 18, breaking the record in the Across the Lake Te Anau swim today.

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Robert McDonald has broken the course record on the way to winning the Across the Lake swim at Te Anau today.

McDonald completed the 1.9km race, held in perfect conditions, in 25min 11sec, smashing the previous mark of 32:09.

Organiser and sponsor Doug Fox, of Sandfly Cafe, was rapt with a 45-strong field which was more than double the number who competed last year.

Next year he’s hoping to get 70 or 80 entries.

Many, including 18-year-old McDonald, were looking to get a good open water swim in before next weekend’s Challenge Wanaka iron-distance and the Lake Wanaka Half events.

‘‘Overall, we had a huge crowd watching from the sideline in perfect conditions. We are really happy with the event,’’ Fox said.

Open results:

1 Robert McDonald 25:11

2 Will Sutherland 27:11

3 Glenn McLeay 27:32

Women’s results:

1 Holly Pierce 28:06

2 Rebecca Wilson 28:383 Gabby McLeay 28:53

Junior results:

1 Will Sutherland 27:11

2 Chris Grant 28:00

3 Gabby McLeay 28:53

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