Blistering Mile legends

2015-02-09 00:00

THERE were no surprises as Chad Ho and Keri-Anne Payne recorded victories in their respective races at the 2015 ­Midmar Mile in Howick yesterday.

Ho faced a much tougher challenge than he has in previous years where, after a shaky start, he was forced to fix his ­goggles.

The now six-time champion regrouped and secured a slight lead 200 metres into the race, while youngster Matthew Meyer was hot on his heels alongside Danie Marais.

All three swimmers continued in that formation for much of the race, while Meyer was hounding at Ho’s ankles. But the experienced Ho kept in control and found his rhythm, breaking away in the final 400 metres.

He ran up the jetty about 25 metres ahead of Meyer to claim his sixth consecutive men’s win.

“Today’s race was really tough, I was pushed all the way to the finish by Matthew Meyer. I didn’t get off to the cleanest of starts, my goggles filled up with water so I had to empty that out,” Ho said.

“After that, I got into my race. I had a bit of trouble breathing in the first 400 metres because the heart rate was so high. From there I got into my stroke and pushed all the way to the finish.”

With the dam emptier than last year, Ho was able to swim a faster time, but said it did not necessarily make the race easier.

“It’s hard to judge fitness-wise if I was quicker or not but I felt a lot better and that’s all that counts I guess.”

Worth noting was Chad le Clos’s younger brother Jordan finishing fourth. Chad was chuffed with his brother’s performance, highlighting the fact that he only swims in shorter sprint races.

“It’s really amazing for him to finish fourth at just 17,” Le Clos said, hinting that he might swim the Mile next year himself.

Around an hour earlier, Payne blew away the competition in the women’s race, despite it being her seventh Mile of the weekend.

The British swimmer got off to a blistering start, opening up a solid lead from the get go. She was 15 metres ahead of the pack at 300 metres, and doubled that by the half-way mark.

Defending champion Ashley Twichell and Stephanie Peacock were the next two swimmers in Payne’s wake and ended up in second and third respectively.

They were a little way off Payne’s time — 17 minutes and 35 seconds — which was a new women’s record.

“It was a great swim. It was my first year back in after taking a year out of the water so it was really great to come back and try and win it,” Payne said after her race.

“Because it was quite a low tide, I was going to try and go for that record and do it. It’s the eighth time I’ve won it and I couldn’t be happier,” she said.

Payne echoed Ho’s thoughts on the different conditions created by the lower dam level.

“It’s a little shorter — it’s not quite the same as a 1 600 metre. It can sometimes be harder because there are a lot more currents and you feel things a lot more. The running at the start is almost a sport in itself as well.”

Michelle Weber was the top-placed South African woman to finish the race, putting it down to a slow start.

“I would have liked a better result; I am quite disappointed in my race,” said Webber, who finished at number five.

“I think I could have come top three. I think I should have started quicker and worked harder on my finish.

“I think I was just caught a little off guard at the beginning, I really wasn’t expecting them to go out so hard. But I’ll be back next year for the ninth time.”


MEN: 1 Chad Ho 00:17:04

2 Matthew Mark Meyer 00:17:16

3 Danie Marias 00:17:21

4 Jordan Le Clos 00:18:10

5 Chris Mcglynn 00:18:11

6 Josh Dannhauser 00:18:13

7 Ashley Hogg 00:18:15

8 Luke Erwee 00:18:26

9 Reuben Schoeman 00:18:35

10 Dayne Odendaal 00:18:50

WOMEN: 1 Keri-Anne Payne 00:17:35

2 Ashley Twichell 00:18:05

3 Stephanie Peacock 00:18:06

4 Holly Hibbott 00:18:10

5 Michelle Weber 00:18:12

6 Rene Warnes 00:18:20

7 Clarice Le Roux 00:18:26

8 Megan Van Wyk 00:19:01

9 Charlise Oberholzer 00:19:06

10 Madeleine Crompton 00:19:08

GIRLS U13: 1 Tracy-Lea Meyer 00:19:41

2 Zoe Frank 00:21:56

3 Kyla Blakemore 00:22:15

4 Ally Chislett 00:22:36

5 Tamryn Mckie 00:22:39

WOMEN 31-40: 1 Michelle Vlasakova 00:20:49

2 Sheona Lottering 00:21:44

3 Mandy Loots 00:22:18

WOMEN 41-50: 1 Dominique Donner 00:22:02

2 Megan Albertyn 00:22:47

3 Barbara Bowley 00:23:04

WOMEN 51-60: 1 Rita Townsend 00:24:26

2 Gail Bristow 00:24:56

3 Carol Mason 00:25:05

WOMEN 61-70: 1 Marissa Rollnick 00:28:02

2 Jenny Ireland 00:30:25

3 Bev Shuttleworth 00:30:53

WOMEN 71+: 1 Beth Lordan 00:33:12

2 Ann Hanson 00:41:56

BOYS UNDER 13: 1 Dylan Somerville 00:20:26

2 Hein Van Tonder 00:20:32

3 Seyuran Perumal 00:20:49

4 Kyle Letley 00:21:13

5 Luke James Pereira 00:21:30

MEN 31-40: 1 Wade Krieger 00:20:07

2 Michael Phillips 00:20:28

3 Owen Sheftz 00:22:11

MEN 41-50: 1 Gary Albertyn 00:20:06

2 Terry Heller 00:20:19

3 Brett Clark 00:20:38

MEN 51-60: 1 Gregg Price 00:20:36

2 Terry Bantock 00:22:45

3 Ted Townsend 00:23:25

MEN 61-70: 1 Derek Wright 00:27:10

2 Robert Schroenn 00:27:53

3 Martin Flekser 00:28:32

MEN 71+: 1 Paul Lanterme 00:26:55

2 Derek Fyfe 00:28:19

3 Les Hadenham 00:30:34

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