Newly Funded Hector Pardoe Wins 25k Silver in France, Breaks Bircher Record



    • September 25 – September 28
    • Jablines, France,
    • OW
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    • Results

Hector Pardoe of Great Britain achieved a milestone in the men’s 25km race of the 2020 French Open Water Championships.

The 19-year-old took part in the grueling race at Ile des Loisirs, Jablines where he ended up claiming the silver in the men’s open category, finishing just over 15 seconds behind the winner. Axel Reymond of France.

Pardoe clocked 4: 59: 03.92, a result that made the teenager the first swimmer in Britain to complete a 25km distance in less than 5 hours. Alan Bircher, now Ellesmere Titans coach and former mentor to two-time European shorts gold medalist Freya Anderson, held the previous OW record of 2005.

Of his performance, Pardoe said via social media: “25 km of silver today at the French Championships in 4: 59.03 hours. The water temp was 17.4 with wet conditions, good first experience and good hard work, pushed a little too hard from the 15-20km mark and felt it at the end, more pain more gain!

Pardoe is one of the new members of Britain’s high performance teams, identified as a member of his Podium potential team.


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