All systems go for Midmar Mile

2019-02-06 06:01

IT’S all systems go as the world’s largest open water swim is scheduled to take place for the 46th time at the Midmar Dam this Saturday.

With no complications being experienced except for the fact that the 2018 winners may not attend the race, the Midmar Mile looks set to go on without any hitches.

Last year’s male division winner, Russian swimmer Kirill Abrosimov, is a major doubt to attend while women’s category winner, American swimmer Ashley Twichell, confirmed her absence for the tournament citing that she would be preparing for the World Cup in Doha.

Director of the Midmar Mile Wayne Riddin said he had not been in communication with any Russian swimmers but stated that this did not mean that the race would be without any big names.

“We hope are they [Russians] are coming and if they do we will welcome them happily.

“I think this year the Australians together with the swimmers from the United Kingdom are the ones to watch,” said Riddin.

Riddin said that he is sure by the looks of things that they would have more entrants this year than last as they have already received close to 12 000 entrants.

“We are quite happy with where we are and are already a week ahead in regard to other preparations and expect more entrants,” said Riddin.

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