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Ho 13th in Brazil

By Mark Etheridge

Beijing Olympian Chad Ho is hard at work in a bid to qualify for his second Olympics in London later this year.

Ho was a top 10 finisher in the 10-kilometre open water swim at the 2008 Olympics (ninth to be exact) and his qualifying road this time out has taken him to South America for two FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup races.

The first was in Brazil at the weekend and the next is in Viedma, Argentina on Saturday.

The Westville, KwaZulu-Natal swimmer ended 13th in his season-opener, a result which Ho was not quite happy with.

Winner was reigning world champion, Greece’s Spyridon Giannitotis, who touched in 2hr 11min 39.51sec, just ahead of Italian Nicola Bolzonello (2:11:41.44sec).

Ho clocked 2:11:53.09 in a race that saw 54 men finish the grueling event. “It was a really tough race,” Ho told Road to London 2012 on Wednesday. “Conditions were bad and thee was lots of fighting among the swimmers, and there were a lot of world class swimmers there.

“13th wasn’t bad but I would really liked to have been in the top 10, if not the top five.”

After the Viedma leg of the series, the World Cup series moves on to Eilat, Israel on April 4 and then Cancun, Mexico. The eight-race series ends in Shantou, China on 14 October.

In terms of qualifying for this year’s Olympics Ho says: “I can definitely still qualify, that’s in Setubal, Portugal on June 10, all of my swimming now is preparation for that race. I’m swimming Midmar Mile next week when I get back but not sure after that, will still have to discuss with my coach.”

A total of 48 places (24 men and 24 women) are available for the 10km event in London.


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