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Du Toit, Ho for Canada

Chad Ho and Laureus Sports award winner Natalie du Toit will represent South Africa at the FINA Open Water Swimming World Championships in Roberval, Canada from 15-23 July.

After their outstanding performances at the Telkom SA Open Water Championships in April, Chad Ho and Natalie Du Toit were given the nod by Swimming SA.

Ho and Du Toit will be swimming in the 5km and 10km races

Ho made history in 2009 when he won bronze at the World Championships in Rome in the 5km race ÔÇô the first South African to ever medal at an Open Water World Championships.

A year before that Ho had finished ninth at the Olympic Games in the 10km open water swim in Beijing. This all before he had turned 21.

Du Toit needs no introduction. A list of honours that goes on and on and on, Du Toit is a multiple Paralympic world record holder and gold medallist.

This year is a very hard year for Du Toit. ÔÇ£I had the Disabled Games in March (15 races in 2 days), Nationals in April (Open Water and in the Pool), the Mare Nostrum Series in June. Then in July there is the Open Water Season including the World Championships.

“In August it is the IPC Championships before the Commonwealth Games in October.ÔÇØ

Medalilng at the Open Water World Championships will certainly be a major feather in the 26-year-old’s incredible life.

In Beijing at the Olympics, she finished 16th after her swimming cap gave her problems. That same year she was 5.1 seconds off the winner of the World Open Water Championships in Sevilla, finishing fourth.


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