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Grip : GRIP August 2011
SPORT GRIP kY HURST ON TRACk FOR OLYMPICS SUBARU Ambassador, Ky Hurst, has continued to write his place in Australian sporting history by putting himself on-track to represent Australia at a second Olympic Games, after a strong performance at the World Swimming Championships in China. Hurst, who is one of Australia’s greatest surf ironmen, finished fifth in the 10km open water event at Shanghai. He needed a top 10 finish to meet the performance criteria required for selection in the 2012 Australian Olympic Team for London. The Queenslander finished the course in one hour, 54 minutes and 33.9 seconds, just 9.2 seconds behind the eventual winner, Greece’s Spyros Gianniotis, in a close finish that proves a podium place at the Olympics is within his grasp. Ky finished 11th at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and would dearly love to add to a list of achievements that includes seven Australian Ironman titles in a total of 27 Australian Surf titles and a place in the Australian Surf Lifesaving Hall of Fame. Having just returned from China, Ky’s nex t trip is to London to take part in the official test event at Hyde Park later this month. “The conditions in London will be very similar to those we had in Shanghai as I understand it – pretty flat water and well protected - except that the World Championship race was in salt water,” Ky said. You’d expect one of the world’s surf sport elites to prefer salt, but the 30-year-old Outback driver is unfazed by the need to compete in the London fresh-water course. ”It really doesn’t bother me. We are all in the same boat and I actually really enjoy the fresh water.” Ky took in a 10-week preparation block for the World Championships and will have double that leading into the Olympics. “Ironman is still my first priority. I’ve got six races this year that are all around Australia and live to air on TV, so that is my focus. “But I think that the ironman races are a really good cross-training preparation for the swimming. I’ll have 20 weeks off the surf leading into London, and I see that as the ideal preparation.” He also sees his Subaru Outback as the perfect companion to his busy lifestyle. “The Outback is great. It’s really perfect for my needs – I can get boards and paddles in the back with paddle boards and skis on the roof – plus its comfortable, so I’m really happy with it.” INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE PARTS & ACCESSORIES AFTERSALES NEW PRODUCT MARKETING NEWS WHO’S WHO SALES BY STATE BRAND COMPARISON DEALER RANKINGS SPORT
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