A “perfect day” saw 16-year-old swimming sensation Singha Chau demolish the competition at the 15km Clean Half ocean swim on Saturday, finishing more than one hour and six minutes ahead of the rest of the field and becoming the youngest swimmer to complete the race.
His effort also saw him take almost 50 minutes off the existing course record in the race that began at Stanley Main Beach and finished at Middle Island within Deep Water Bay.
“He’s in great form. The last 3km he was going full speed ahead and didn’t even look like he was tired,” said race director Doug Wooding about Chau’s incredible three hours, four minutes and 31 second finish – an average pace of almost 5km/h in the open seas. The previous record was three hours, 53 minutes and 48 seconds.
“We just had a perfect day for it – it’s easily been the best conditions for this race in the last four years; it was definitely faster, calm and warm,” added Woodring.
In the women’s relay, the girl power duo of 15-year-olds Jemima Ridley and Aneekah Styles took first in wetsuits in three hours, 23 minutes and 46 seconds.