Ana Marcela Cunha dominates 10km swim

2018-01-11 06:00
Three-time world 25km open water swim champion, Ana Marcela Cunha, dominated the 10km swim event at Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay on Sunday.Photo: MARITZA CRAIG

Three-time world 25km open water swim champion, Ana Marcela Cunha, dominated the 10km swim event at Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay on Sunday.Photo: MARITZA CRAIG

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THREE-TIME world 25km open water swim champion, Ana Marcela Cunha, dominated the 10km swim event at Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay on Sunday, January 7.

Swimming with training partner Nicolaos Manoussakis, the two swimmers swam together the entire distance, with Ana Marcela outsprinting Manoussakis over the last two hundred metres of the race in near perfect conditions.

Ana Marcela started training in South Africa just over two weeks ago and this was her first visit to the world class open water swim venue at Marina Martinique.

“Everything is still new and I am adapting. Marina Martinique is beautiful and worth enjoying,” says Ana Marcela.

She won the 10km swim in a time of 2:04:28, while Manoussakis won the men’s race in a time of 2:04:29.

St Francis Bay swimmer Amika De Jager came second in the women’s race.

In the 1km event, up and coming Jeffreys Bay swimmer Noah de Swart came second overall, while in the 3km swim MC Strydom from Jeffreys Bay came second in his age group. Veteran Jeffreys Bay swimmer JC Van Wyk won his age group in the 3km.

“It was great to see world class swimming at Marina Martinique and its a good build up to the South African Open Water Swim Champs that will be held in Jeffreys Bay in March,” says Brenton Williams, one of the organisers of the event. “Open water swimming has boosted tourism in Jeffreys Bay since we started holding regular events at Marina Martinique nearly 20 years ago. To see a highly respected world champion like Ana Marcela compete here was fantastic.”

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