22 Jul 2009

NZ swimmer opens world champs

10:49 am on 22 July 2009

New Zealand's Alannah Jury has finished a comfortable 29th in the 5 kilometre open water swim to kick off the FINA World Swimming Championships near Rome.

The North Shore teenager got into open warter swimming only last summer and used the event as a warm-up for her main event, the 10km open water swim tomorrow.

Swimming New Zealand Open Water coach Philip Rush says he wanted the 17-year-old to familiarise herself with the course, conditions and the protocol around a world championship event.

Jury clocked a solid 59m 37sec , two minutes 30seconds behind winner Melissa Gorman of Australia while a former New Zealand swimmer Kate Brookes-Peterson, now racing for Australia,

was eighth.

Rush says he didn't want Jury to go hard today as her goal is to improve her world ranking of 30th in the 10km event.