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Keri-Anne Payne to combine open water and pool swimming

Keri Anne Payne
Payne won 2008 Olympic silver in the 10km open water event

Stockport Metros swimmer Keri-Anne Payne will continue to combine both open water and pool swimming up to the London 2012 Olympics.

The 23-year-old has had success in both forms of swimming this year and will not prioritise one over the other.

She told BBC Radio Manchester: "I'll know in July if I've made the Olympic team or not for open water swimming.

"Next year in March is the pool trials and if I can make the team for both of them I don't see why I shouldn't."

Payne has had an excellent 2011 so far, breaking the British 1500m record at the national championships in March and also gaining a spot on the 4x200m relay team for the World Championships in China.

The South-African born swimmer also won her first 10km race of the season at the Open Water Cup in Israel before she triumphed at the Great Salford Swim.

"Things have been really good for me the past couple of months, I've have a good start to the year," she added.

"I've been training really hard and bringing things back to basics and working on the finer details, which seems to have worked really well.

"I think I've been very lucky being able to adapt to both pool swimming and open water swimming.

"I think if I can get away with both of them I don't see why I shouldn't be able to do that."

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