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Hard going for Ho

By Mark Etheridge

South Africa failed to field a team in the five-kilometre open water event at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China on Wednesday.

This after our men’s 10km open water swimmers had struggled in hot conditions and tough competition on the previous day.

Chad Ho and Troy Prinsloo finished 20th and 45th respectively in Wednesday’s 10km race.

Team SA was originally going to be represented by Ho, Prinsloo and Natalie du Toit in a race won by the United States combination of Andrew Gemmell, Sean Ryan and Ashley Twichell in 57min 00.6sec from Australia and Germany.

Speaking from Shanghai, Ho said the men’s 10km had been an exhausting affair. He told Road to London 2012: “Yesterday was one of the toughest swims I’ve done in the past year, just with the pace of the swim and the strength of the field and the water temperature being 29 degrees.

“The race was going very well for me, I was feeling strong the whole way and was always at the front of the pack. I lost the lead swimmers with about 600m to go to the finish as I lost the feeling in both arms but pushed as hard as i could for the finish. I think it was a good result for me but it wasn’t the result I was looking for.

“We didn’t swim the team event today as I was sick yesterday afternoon and still wasn’t a 100% this morning when I woke up and I felt it wasn’t worth swimming it.”

Next up for the team is the women’s 5km swim on Friday where Nicole Brits and Jessica Roux will compete. Prinsloo and Danie Marais will fly the flag for SA in the men’s 5km event. There are no SA swimmers in the 25km open water event to be held on Saturday.


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