Exciting results at Gold Coast

2008-10-16 00:00

This year’s Halfway-Telkom Midmar Mile winners, Melissa Corfe and Shaun Dias, travelled to the Gold Coast Mile in Australia last weekend and produced some exciting results.

Corfe, fresh from her Olympic debut in Beijing, and Dias, considered one of the world’s best international surf swimmers, won the two main events at the Midmar Mile to earn their sponsored trip to Australia.

The 1 500 m race saw Corfe and Australian open water champion, Kate Brooks-Peterson, dominating the race.

Corfe was to taste silver again and although swimming stroke for stroke alongside Brooks-Peterson, the Australian broke away at the last turning buoy to take the gold medal and win the first prize trip to swim at Midmar Dam in February 2009.

In the Men’s Elite Open section, Dias timed his final sprint to perfection, getting out of the water inches ahead of Aussie David Browne. However, he ran slightly wide up the beach, which allowed Browne to squeeze himself into first place on the finish line, winning by 0.02 seconds for the closest Gold Coast Mile finish yet.

Both South Africans managed to spend the week training with top Australia distance specialist, Grant Hackett’s coach, Dennis Cotterill. He was taken with the two South Africans, who he has met on previous trips.

“They can swim in my squad, anytime, mate. Hillsy [Graham Hill, their South African coach] has done a great job with these guys.”

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