Ho raring to go for his fifth Midmar win

2014-01-31 00:00

CHAD Ho is raring to go as he tries to win his fifth consecutive aQuelle Midmar Mile next week.

But the 23-year-old Olympian Ho was a tad nervous ahead of the race.

“It’s another year, another Midmar. I’m excited about it, but I’m also nervous to go for that fifth title,” he told The Witness from Comrades House yesterday afternoon.

The last time Ho competed was at the World Championships in Barcelona in July where he was pleased with his performances, finishing fourth in the five-kilometre race and eighth in the longer 10 km.

“The hard work I put in came together nicely then,” the Johannesburg-born Durbanite said.

After “a bit of a break” following the World Championships, he resumed training again at the beginning of the year as he prepared himself for the Midmar.

Due to his training, he was performing a balancing act that also sees him doing a Bachelor of Education degree at Varsity College.

“Swimming is my main focus, which means I take fewer subjects,” he said of his juggling act.

Having first tasted victory in the under-13 age group in 2004, Ho was not sure what kept on bringing him back to Midmar every year.

“I’m not sure what it is really that keeps us coming back, but there is that something special about the Midmar,” he said

Conditions on the day of the Midmar are known to be choppy at times, and asked what he hoped for, Ho acknowledged that they can never know what to expect.

“As open water swimmers, we want perfect conditions. But, in open water competition, you can get choppy conditions. You just have to take it as it comes,” he said.

Up until next week, the Varsity College student and Olympian would continue with his daily routine of juggling his training and studies.

Midmar Mile organiser Wayne Riddin said he was confident that Ho was capable of winning a fifth title.

“For anyone to beat Chad on the day, they’ll have to be really good,” Riddin said.

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