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Bailey ARMSTRONG
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Australia   
GenderMen
Born08 Feb 1999
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Australia
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began open water swimming as a child, and competed in his first 2.5km event at about age 12. "I worked my way up and did my first 10km at age 13 or 14. There was a bit of an open water swimming culture in Miami [QLD, Australia] when I was training there. I found a liking for it."
Why this sport?
"Some of the guys I couldn't beat in the pool I could beat in open water. At first I was actually hopeless. I remember leading my first 5km the whole way and then a bunch of boys just sprinted past me at the end. Then when I did my first 10km event there was a huge improvement. I grew up in the surf, my dad did a bit of surf lifesaving, so I was always bodysurfing. The two things of enjoying pool swimming and enjoying surf swimming really meshed well. At first I wanted to do pool swimming and open water on the side, but over time open water became the focus."
Club / Team
Kawana Waters Swimming Club: Australia
Name of coach
Michael Sage [club], AUS
General Interest
Hobbies
Hiking, surfing. (Everything Open Water podcast, 01 Sep 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing seventh in the 5km event at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (Everything Open Water podcast, 01 Sep 2020)
Injuries
Gastric problems affected his preparations for the 2020 Australian Championships in Adelaide, South Australia, but he was able to compete and win two medals at the tournament. (racingandsports.com, 18 Feb 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 17 Nov 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The more races you do the more you learn. In open water versatility is so important. You never have pure sprinters doing the sport, and then there are guys who could swim all day but they don't have the speed for a finish if you want to be the best. If you can incorporate good surf skills, speed and aerobic capacity you'll be laughing." (Everything Open Water podcast, 01 Sep 2020)
Other sports
He has competed in swimming at national level in Australia, and he has been involved in surf lifesaving with Northcliffe Surf Club in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (Everything Open Water podcast, 01 Sep 2020; qt.com.au, 18 Apr 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games. (Everything Open Water podcast, 01 Sep 2020)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
18 2019 Gwangju, KOR 25km 5:04:10.7
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km 53:34.8
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2020   10km  
16 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:50:07.5
24 2019   10km  
5 2019 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 1:56:14.10
13 2019 Doha, QAT 10km 1:52:34.8
36 2018   10km  
20 2018 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:56:38.20
36 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 1:53:33.6
19 2018 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:57:06.24
76 2017   10km  
36 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:53:37.9
34 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:48:51.00