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Titles for Troyden, Natalie
- Updated: April 19, 2011
Troyden Prinsloo and Natalie du Toit won the five-kilometre titles on the second and day of Telkom SA National Open Water Championships at the Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay on Monday.
The amazing rivalry between Chad Ho and Troyden Prinsloo continued from day one and saw an amazing photo finish between the two as a hundredth of a second separated the two at the touch line. The final 200 metres of Monday’s 5km race saw Prinsloo walking away with the gold in a phenomenal time of 55min 44.12sec while Ho collected silver in 55:44.44 and Danie Marais took the bronze in 56:06.00.
ÔÇ£It is great to have won today after a tie in the 10km race yesterday. Chad Ho is an experienced Open Water swimmer and competing with him gives you that extra push. My main focus at the moment is to qualify for the FINA World Championships and concentrate on improving my swimmingÔÇØ said Prinsloo. Ho, who followed close behind Prinsloo said: ÔÇ£It was a good competition and the extra push from my competitor created excitement for the spectatorsÔÇØ.
Already having won the 10km gold at the weekend, Du Toit’s speed was unmatchable and she ended the competition on a high note, taking home the 5km title as well in a time of 1:00:27.09 Following close behind was 14-year-old Michelle Weber in 1:01:23.33 and Nicole Brits in third clocking 1:02:43.50.
ÔÇ£The 10km race yesterday was a bit of a struggle however the 5km was very pleasant today. I am pretty happy with my performances and will be heading to Israel soon for more practice time in preparation for the World Championships in ShanghaiÔÇØ said Du Toit.
With the FINA World Championships coming up in July, Swimming South Africa will be looking at finalising and announcing their team in due course.