London 2012

Keri-Anne Payne

Ones to Watch

Stockport-based long distance swimmer Keri-Anne Payne was the first athlete to officially book her place at London 2012 when she became world champion in the 10km open water swim in Shanghai in July 2011.

Fascinating Facts:

  • Payne started swimming at the age of four after watching her brother take to the water.
  • She is a big supporter of Sale Sharks.
  • Payne was born in Johannesburg in South Africa and moved to the UK aged 13.

With almost exactly a year until the Games open in London, Payne got her qualification out of the way early and will have plenty of time to focus on trying to go one better than the silver she won in Beijing.

It was a fine performance from the then 20-year-old, coming in such a brutal event as the open water swim where arms and legs are flying and it often gets a bit rough amongst the competitors all scrambling for position - and then given the sheer length of the 10km-contest.

Payne showed her skill in the event by taking World Championship gold in Rome in 2009, and regained that title again in Shanghai in 2011 to qualify for the Olympic event.

The Stockport Metro swimmer also combines events in the pool, excelling mainly in the 1500m freestyle and 400m individual medley along with being a handy member of the 4x200m relay team.

A 400m freestyle gold in the European Short Course Championships came for Payne just a couple of days after she turned 17, marking her breakthrough into the senior ranks.

Payne also seems to be improving in the pool in the 400m individual medley, as she picked up a bronze in the 2012 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and will again be trying to combine both open water and pool swimming in London.

Keri-Anne Payne

  • DOB: 9/12/1987
  • Events: 10km open water swimming
  • Medals: 1 silver