Kai Edwards joins Kareena Lee to compete in marathon swimming

Kai Edwards Joins Kareena Lee to compete in the 10km open water marathon swimming event Photo: Swimming Australia

Kai Edwards becomes the second marathon swimmer to join 37-member Australia's swimming team for Tokyo 2020.

In another big day of selection news, the Australian Olympic Committee named Kai Edwards in the marathon swimming team. Edwards will make his Olympic debut in Tokyo competing in the men’s 10km Open Water Swim.

Edwards is one of several Australians who has earned a quota placement from qualifying events in late June, after the 22-year-old finished in fifth at the final Olympic Qualifying event for marathon swimming in Setubal, Portugal last week.

Today’s announcement completes the 37-member Australian Olympic swimming team for Tokyo 2020, with Edwards joining Kareena Lee, who qualified in October 2019 for the women’s 10km event.

Lee and Edwards will compete on August 4th and 5th respectively in Tokyo’s Odaiba Marine Park, showing off the Tokyo skyline as the backdrop to the open water swimming event.

Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team in Tokyo, Ian Chesterman congratulated Edwards for earning the qualification placement during such challenging times.

“Congratulations Kai on making your first Australian Olympic Team,” Mr Chesterman said.

“Kai has shown he can perform when the pressure’s on, securing his spot for Tokyo with a top-5 finish at the last chance Olympic qualifier in Portugal. It was a huge effort after such a challenging time since the postponement of the Games.

“While Kai remains training in Europe before heading to Tokyo, I’m sure his family, friends, coaches and supporters are all celebrating back here in Australia today.”

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The 22-year-old was ecstatic to reach his maiden Olympics alongside fellow teammates from the Gold Coast.

“You dedicate your life to a dream you have as a young kid and to make it a reality feels incredible,” Edwards said.

“You, your family, your partner, friends and coaches sacrifice so much to get to this point so I know I’m making the most of this opportunity.

“The qualifying race in Portugal was definitely testing, being quite a physically brutal race. Like any race regardless of the outcome I will always take away positives and learn to develop my racing.

“Finishing 5th at this event and racing well here definitely gives me confidence going into the Olympics.

“It’s definitely a privilege to join the pool team and Kareena lee as a part of the open water team, being the 3rd ever Australian to swim at the Olympics for the 10km marathon swim is really special to me.

“I also have other teammates I train with that I’ll be joining at the Olympics including David Morgan, Cameron McEvoy, Maddy Gough and Kiah Melverton. To share such a prestigious moment of my life with fellow teammates is something I’ll always cherish.”

Australian Marathon Swimming Team

NameEventOlympic Games
Kai Edwards10kmDebut
Kareena Lee10kmDebut

The Marathon Swimming competition will be conducted on the 4th (Women’s) and 5th (Men’s) of August at the Odaiba Marine Park.

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