Newman defends title in cold water swim

2015-07-23 06:01
Rebecca Newman defended her Infood Blu Cold Water Classic title at Marina Martinique on July 18.

Rebecca Newman defended her Infood Blu Cold Water Classic title at Marina Martinique on July 18. Photo: SUPPLIED

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ICY water that measured between 11 to 12 degree Celsius, heavy rain and strong winds did little to deter the defending Infood Blu Cold Water Classic title-holder, Rebecca Newman, when she completed the 7.5 km swim in two hours at Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay on Saturday.

Newman swam the event according to Channel rules, which meant she could only wear a speedo type costume, goggles and a single swimming cap.

“It was really tough out there today and it was very cold, but I felt confident and pushed the pace just after the 5 km mark and things worked out for me,” said Newman.

The first man home was Iain Geddes, who has a Robben Island crossing under his belt - experience which helped in the chilly salt water canals of Marina Martinique. Geddes finished in 2 hours 6 minutes.

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