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Jarrod Poort

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Jarrod Poort's Olympic 10K Marathon Swim was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Jarrod Poort (born 31 October 1994) is a 21-year-old Australian Olympic competitive swimmer who represents Australia in the 1500m and 5 km open water swimming and 10 km marathon swim in international competitions. Jarrod is one of Australia's leading 1500m and open water swimmers, training under Ron McKeon at West Illawarra Aquatic Swim club in NSW, Australia and studies at Wollongong University.

International Career

Major Achievements

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2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results

1. Ferry Weertman, NED 1:52:59.8
2. Spyridon Gianniotis, GRE 1:52:59.8
3. Marc-Antoine Daniel Frede Olivier, FRA 1:53:02.0
4. Lijun Zu, CHN 1:53:02.0
5. Jordan Wilimovsky, USA 1:53:03.2
6. Simone Ruffini, ITA 1:53:03.5
7. Federico Vanelli, ITA 1:53:03.9
8. Yasunari Hirai, JPN 1:53:04.6
9. Christian Reichert, GER 1:53:04.7
10. Chad Ho, RSA 1:53:04.8
11. Evgenii Drattcev, RUS 1:53:04.8
12. Ous Mellouli, TUN 1:53:06.1
13. Mark Papp, HUN 1:53:11.7
14. Ventsislav Aydaski, BUL 1:53:16.1
15. Ivan Enderica Ochoa, ECU 1:53:16.2
16. Richard Weinberger, CAN 1:53:16.4
17. Allan Do Carmo, BRA 1:53:16.4
18. Kane Rae Francis Radford, NZL 1:53:18.7
19. Richard Nagy, SVK 1:53:35.4
20. Jarrod Poort, AUS 1:53:40.7
21. Erwin Maldonado, VEN 1:54:33.6
22. Marwan Ahmed Aly Morsy Elamrawy, EGY 1:59:17.2
DSQ Sean Ryan, USA
DSQ Vitaliy Khudyakov, KAZ (Asia)
DSQ Jack Burnell, GBR

2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nomination

Poort's Olympic 10K Marathon Swim was nominated for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award.

Jarrod Poort knew what he wanted - an Olympic gold medal. He knew he had to pull out all of the stops to perform the race of his life and realize his dream. The 21-year-old and his coaches James Greathead and Ron McKeon came up with a risky strategy and trained to execute the unlikely plan like his life depended on it. Right from the start of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Poort took off like he was swimming the 1500m freestyle in a pool like he did at the 2012 Olympics. He swam like a man fleeing a shark and immediately built up a huge lead. He had to navigate the course by himself; he had no one to draft. But once he sprinted off, he was confident enough in himself to press the pace. For his gutsy performance against all odds, for sticking to his plan and leading for most of the Olympic final before a dramatic, globally televised collapse, for his post-race self-analysis that was equal parts self-effacing, humorous and deadly serious, Jarrod Poort's Olympic 10K Marathon Swim is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

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