Live: Latest updates and results from the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim 2016

Live: Latest updates and results from the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim 2016

A TEENAGER from landlocked Canberra triumphed in yesterday’s inaugural Champions of the Channel swim – but the solo record for the 19.7km crossing to Rottnest couldn’t be broken ­despite “perfect” conditions.

At the 12km mark, Ben Freeman, 18, was well on his way to better the record of four hours and 15 seconds – set in 2000 by Mark Salbia – before he “hit the wall”.

“It took me a couple of kilometres to pick up my pace again,” Freeman said after completing his first solo crossing, for which he picked-up a $5000 cash prize.

“We had this thing that dad would keep paddling at a good pace even if I fell a little bit ­behind, so I was just trying to keep up with him.

“But to be honest I wasn’t concerned with time and had no expectation to place. I just wanted to cross the channel.”

Live: Latest updates and results from the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim 2016