Black wins aQuelle 2km in swim upset

2017-01-25 06:03
Amica De Jager winning the 3km Ocean Swim at Sunday’s aQuellé Ocean Racing Series at Hobie Beach.       Photo: MICHAEL SHEEHAN

Amica De Jager winning the 3km Ocean Swim at Sunday’s aQuellé Ocean Racing Series at Hobie Beach. Photo: MICHAEL SHEEHAN

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FIFTEEN-year-old Pearson High School scholar, Slater Black, caused an upset on Sunday morning during the 7th Round of the popular and unique aQuellé Ocean Racing Series at Hobie Beach by beating Series favourite Daniel Jones in the 2km swim.

This is just the second time since January 2015 that Jones has lost an Ocean Racing Series swim and, whilst still a firm favourite for the overall Series title again this year in the 2km swim, he will be upset to have broken his unbeaten run since this same weekend in January 2015. Black, an up and coming swimmer, has enjoyed a great season so far and must surely feel that he’s in with a chance of lifting the SPAR River Mile title at the end of next month to emulate his mother, Joannie Coetzer, who won this historic race in 1995 and 1996.

Sundays Ocean Racing Series saw another bumper crowd taking part with fantastic beach conditions on offer. Pearson Head Boy, Ian Venter, remains unbeaten in the 1km Swim, taking R7 honours ahead of Cole Craig, another rapidly improving swimmer who’s going to cause upsets, with newly crowned EP Olympic Distance Triathlon Champion, Keegan Cooke, in third place.

For the ladies in the 1km it was Kirsten Marriott ahead of Hannah Counihan and Rebecca Newman.

In the 2km Swim, Black finished just 22 seconds ahead of Jones with Flippie van der Spuy, whilst Black’s 13-year-old sister, Paige, also caused an upset by beating Chane De Jager into second place with Natalie Tissink in third place.

Local swimming legend, Kevin Richards, won the 3km swim from Jared Jordan with Cape Town swimmer Andrew Turner in third place whilst Woodridge College learner, Amica De Jager won the ladies 3km swim from Hannah Haswell and Idelette Olivier.

In the 400m swim it was once again young Tiara Finnis who won the ladies’ race from Megan Hough and Paige West with Divan Fourie winning the men’s race from Charl De Langer and Tristan Harding.

In the 5km Beach Run Andrew Armstrong won from Xolisa Tshona and James Barnardt with Tara Sacke beating Sanet Owen and Dawn Denysschen.

In the 5km Beach Walk Grobbie Grobler was the victor ahead of Juan Slabbert and Heiri Schuck with Taryn Ferreira getting the ladies’ gold ahead of Mile Vermaak and Athasanda Makanjana.

Kids 1km Beach Run Results

Boys 6 and under

1 Jamie Aukett; 2 Kyle Rosser; 3 Max Owen;

Boys 11 to 12

1 Siphamandla Ndzandze; 2 Christopher Williams; 3 Mario Windvogel;

Boys 7 to 8

1 Aiden Joubert; 2 Zac Reid; 3 Luqmaan Coetzee;

Boys 9 to 10

1 Daniel Richter; 2 Neal Marais; 3 Keenan Terblanche;

Girls 6 and under

1 Anette Van Der Spuy; 2 Lauren Duckworth; 3 Kaitlyn Richter;

Girls 7 to 8

1 Hunter Dutton; 2 Jessi Whitebooi; 3 Ava Iverson;

Girls 9 to 10

1 Abbie Mitchell; 2 Hannah Charles; 3 Amber Joubert;

Girls 11 to 12

1 Kerri-Lee Barnard; 2 Ilze Hattingh; 3 Lara Kleinhans;

For full results see Next round of the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series will be on Sunday, February 12.

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