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Zakala First In Across The Lake Swim

Josh Zakala’s forte is swimming, but it took a 15 metre dash from the shoreline to the finish line for the 16-year-old to win the Interior Savings Across The Lake Swim on Saturday.

Zakala and defending champion Jon Bird emerged from Okanagan Lake at the same time after their gruelling 2.1-kilometre swim, but Zakala outran the older Bird along Hot Sands beach to the official finish.

A strong current — from south to north — forced about 200 of the 740 swimmers to be pulled from the water after 2 1/2 hours. And it also played havoc with even the strongest swimmers as the winning time of 28:49 was well off the record of 20:49 set by Kelowna’s Roland Bauhart in 1997.

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