Jarrod Poort takes win at Ocean Swim Series

11:45, Dec 07 2013

Australian 5km open-water swimming champion Jarrod Poort has proved too good in the second round of the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series.

The 19-year-old won the State Bay of Islands Classic today; a 3.3km swim from Russell to Paihia, 22 seconds ahead of Auckland's Phillip Ryan.

The race was held in choppy conditions as a result of a strong nor-east breeze of between 15-20 knots.

In the women's race 15-year-old Paige Schendelaar-Kemp made it a one-horse race, easily winning by over two minutes from fellow Aucklander Liana Smith.

"I'm definitely happy to get the win to get my overall points up in the series ... I needed the win today after getting third in the first one," Poort said.

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