DOU­BLE DIS­TANCE DE­LIGHT

Melville Times - - Sport -

SOLOMON Wright is an ac­com­plished 10km swim­mer but had never tack­led dou­ble that dis­tance un­til last month’s Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim.

That did not stop the for­mer Fre­man­tle CBC stu­dent from cross­ing in 4 hours and 30 min­utes to claim sec­ond in the Cham­pi­ons of the Chan­nel cat­e­gory.

Wright was raised in Bic­ton and is cur­rently study­ing at Bond Univer­sity on the Gold Coast, but re­turned to WA to take on the iconic open ocean event af­ter fin­ish­ing sev­enth in the 10km event at the Aus­tralian Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Jan­uary.

“Na­tion­als was a month be­fore­hand so I was in pretty good shape and just kept up my train­ing from that,” he said.

“I was pretty anx­ious the morn­ing of the swim, not so much about the dis­tance but more wor­ried about how fast the other swim­mers would be.

“I was aim­ing for four hours and 30 min­utes and ended up com­ing in one sec­ond over that, so I was pretty happy.”

The only swim­mer to beat Wright was Rio Olympian Jar­rod Poort, who com­pleted the cross­ing in 4:12.21.

“I was within a few 100m of Jar­rod for the first 5km or so but then he broke away and ex­tended the gap,” Wright said.

The 20-year-old com­petes for Mi­ami Swim­ming Club in Queens­land and hopes to one day rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Olympic Games.

He said he had learnt a lot from his first Rot­tnest cross­ing.

“The first 10km was nice and easy be­cause that’s what I’m used to, but I did start to get a bit cold in the sec­ond half of the race,” he said.

“I prob­a­bly got my pac­ing a bit wrong – I went too hard dur­ing the be­gin­ning and mid­dle stages and so I was pretty drained by the end.”

Wright said he would con­sider re­turn­ing next as part of a duo or a team.

Solomon Wright fin­ished sec­ond in the Cham­pi­ons of the Chan­nel Rot­tnest cross­ing last month.

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