Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Swim Star: I'll Be Pin-Up as Long as Others Take Plunge for Team GB

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Swim Star: I'll Be Pin-Up as Long as Others Take Plunge for Team GB

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Byline: Miranda Bryant

KERI-ANNE PAYNE says she does not mind the fact she has become the pinup girl for British swimming -- as long as it encourages others to take up the sport.

The world 10 kilometre open water champion is the first British athlete to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. And despite a hectic schedule, she is also organising her wedding.

She said: "I'm incredibly proud that British swimming has done so well with the likes of me and Rebecca Adlington. If I can inspire one person to get in the pool as result, then I've done my job. Hopefully the legacy can be kept up after the Olympics."

Payne, 24, holds two open-water world titles, 2009 and 2011, and won silver in Beijing four years ago.

"In London, not only does she hope to win Olympic gold in the Serpentine but also hopes to qualify for the 4 x 200 freestyle in the pool. But she said "no matter what" happens at the Games, this year will be a "great year" for her as she prepares for her wedding to her fiance, swimmer David Carry, a month after the Games. …

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