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Champion swimmer getting over heart surgery

By Mark Etheridge

Our world junior open water champion, Michelle Weber is recovering at home in KwaZulu-Natal after heart surgery last week.

Weber, 16, won the inaugural junior world championships title in Canada last year.

She was recently part of Team South Africa at the Barcelona leg of the World Cup series but returned home after failing to compete her open water event.

“My heart rate would randomly go up to 240 plus beats a minute,” Weber told Road to Rio 2016. “So now I’m getting rid of the problem!

“Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira had something similar to me and has also had this operation. I first got it two years ago and discovered I had an extra electrical path from the left hand side to the bottom of my heartÔǪ the fast beating is caused by adrenaline.”

Weber was operated on at a Cape Town hospital late last week. “They put me to sleep, put an adrenaline injection in so the surgeon could find the path, then he burned that extra path and that’s it.”

She left hospital on Friday and initial indications are that she’ll only be back in the water after a month on dry land.