De Jager takes 3km Open Water title

2016-02-11 06:00

ST Francis Bay swimmer Amica de Jager triumphed at the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) ladies 3km swim championships at Settlers Dam on Sunday.

She crossed the winning line in 38 minutes and 16 seconds. Following short on her heels were Jessica Canter in second place and Kirsten Marriot in third place.

The championships furthermore saw the much anticipated duel between defending SPAR River Mile champion Daniel Jones and current undefeated aQuellé Ocean Racing Series 1km champion Ian Venter.

In near perfect conditions in this tranquil fresh water dam just outside Grahamstown, swimmers from Border and Eastern Pro-vince went head to head over three laps of the 1km course with EP Swimmers Jones, Venter and Nicolas Adam breaking away from the start. In the final lap Venter managed to break up the threesome and crossed the winning line in 36 minutes and 22 seconds to take the 3km Championship title, just under 20 seconds ahead of Adam with Jones in a distant third place.

“The 3km swim was very exciting and it was great to see some of EP’s top open water swimmers in action. It’s great to see the swimmers performing so well despite their busy training programmes at the moment,” says race director Mike Zoetmulder of Zsports Events NPC.

Next Sunday the NMBA 5km Championships will take place at the same venue. This will also be the last round of the EC Swim Series and will include a 1km and 3km race.

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