Locals splash off in SA swim event

2018-03-01 06:00

NO fewer than four local open water swimmers are set to compete at the elite South African Open Water Swimming Championships at Marina Martinique, Jeffreys Bay on March 3 and 4.

Cape St Francis swimmer Amica de Jager will put her mettle to the test in the 10km and 5km events, while Michell Strydom and Zanli Klopper from Jeffreys Bay will compete in the 5km and 3km distances. Jeffreys Bay swimmer MC Strydom will take to the water in the 3km event. These top swimmers all train under the watchful eye of open water swim professional Haydn Holmes from Liquid Lines in Cape St Francis.

They will be joined by more than 300 swimmers from across the country, as well as five international athletes - all vying for the national open water crown.

A contingent of international visitors have entered with 2017 World Championships multi-medalist, Brazilian Anna Marcela Cunha, heading the list. She will be joined by her training partner, Germanys’ Sarah Boslett, while in the men’s events the Hungarian duo of Daniel Szekelyt and Peter Gailicz along with Namibian hopeful Phillip Seidler and Chad Michau representing The Netherlands are sure to add a touch of spice to proceedings.

All six international athletes will be contesting both the 5km and 10km races.

South African ace Chad Ho is taking a sabbatical due to the recent birth of his daughter. 2017 FINA World Championships South African representatives Nico Mannousakis and Danie Marias also did not enter, paving the way for a new South African champion to grace the podium in both the men’s 5km and 10km races.

With places in the Team South Africa squad that will travel to Israel for the 2018 FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in September up for grabs, some of South Africa’s rising open water stars are set to make their mark.

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