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Keri-Anne Payne Biography
Keri-Anne Payne was born December 9, 1987 and is a Britishswimmer, specialising in marathon open water swimming, and long-distancefreestyle swimming in the pool. She is a two-time World 10 km Open Waterchampion, and an Olympic silver medallist.
Payne was born in Johannesburg, South Africa to Britishparents, who registered her birth at the British Consulate. She startedswimming aged four, and was noticed aged eight by British Swimming's nationalperformance director Bill Sweetenham at a training camp in South Africa. As aresult, the family returned to the UK to live in Heywood, Greater Manchester,when she was 13.
Joining Stockport Metro, she has been coached since by SeanKelly. Having broken British junior 800m freestyle record in 2002, Payne'scentral financial support was cut after she failed to win a medal at the 2006Commonwealth Games. As a result, Kelly suggested that she tried open waterswimming, allowing her to access additional central funding.
She represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics inthe 200m and 400m individual medley swimming events as well as the 10 km openwater event, in which was placed second and won a silver medal for GreatBritain.
At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, held in Rome, Paynewon the 10km swim. She finished first in a time of two hours, one minute and37.1 seconds.
In 2011 in Shanghai, Payne reclaimed the World Championshipin the 10 km Open Water event, becoming in the process the first Britishathlete in any sport to confirm qualification for the 2012 Summer OlympicGames.
She lives in Heywood, Greater Manchester, with her fianceeDavid Carry, The couple train at British Swimming's Intensive Training Centreat Stockport's Grand Central Pools.
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