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Open Water swimmers kick off SA Grand Prix

The Nelspruit leg of the SA Grand Prix got off to a flying start today with the Open Water swimmers in action at the Longmere Dam in Whiteriver.

In the 10km event, it was Olympian Michelle Weber that came out on top in a fast 1:57:28.95, followed by Rebecca Meder in 1:58:02.65 and Abi Meder in 2:01:23.05, while on the men’s side, Cape Town’s Dylan Wright claimed the gold in 1:57:36.25 ahead of Pretoria’s Henre Louw in 1:58:0314 and fellow teammate Andrew Ritchie in 1:59:05.68.

Bloemfontein’s David Leukes and Gauteng’s Ayesha Valli competed in the 3km race and finished in 47:00.38 and 52:37.98, respectively.

The participants from this weekend’s Open Water competition will be looking forward to the SA National Open Water Championships, which will be held in Jeffrey’s Bay on 3 and 4 March 2018, and will double as the official qualification event for the World Youth Open Water Championships in Israel later in the year.

The SA Grand Prix continues tomorrow with the Open Water section starting at 08h00, while the swimming finals session will begin at 14h00.


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