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Ky to work on swim for Kellogg’s series
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HE’S one of the best surf swimmers in ironman history but Ky Hurst has admitted his pet leg is “quite weak” and needs work heading into the summer’s Kellogg’s series.

The dual Olympian refused to touch his craft during winter as he gave everything to his London open-water swimming campaign.

Since returning from the Games though, Hurst has concentrated so much on his board and ski paddling that his signature swim leg has been affected.

With his swimming career now behind him, Hurst is fully focused on the Kellogg’s series and determined to regain his place at the head of the pack.

“That’s something I’ve been keeping in my mind since last season,” he said.

“Even through the Olympic Games I just kept in mind that I really wanted to get home and get back on my craft and not lose too much size and too much ability in the ocean with my paddling.

“I feel as if my paddling’s been really good but my swimming’s been quite weak. It’ll be interesting to see how I go in the first race in six weeks.”

Hurst’s off-season focus has been on swimming for several years as he chased major open-water championship races around the globe.

It has often affected his Kellogg’s series start as he battles to regain a feel for his craft.

“At the start of last season my board paddling and my ski paddling felt a bit weak and I just didn’t want to be on that back foot again,” he said.

 

“But I feel (now) as if my swimming’s on the back foot.

“It’s a real hit and miss, it’s a bit of a juggling game at the moment.

“It’s such a short lead-in time for me for the first race.”

Hurst insisted he was not creating excuses for himself ahead of the ironman series.

“It is what it is and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

Hurst’s swim leg is hardly below par though.

He finished third in the Noosa ocean swim at the weekend, preventing another event trifecta by the Grimsey brothers and surprising himself.

“That was a huge confidence booster to be able to keep in that front pack with them and feel as comfortable as I did,” Hurst said after finishing behind Codie and Trent Grimsey but in front of Ridge.

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