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Weber also ends 19th in open water 10km at FINA World Champs

Weber of South Africa prepares for the start of the women's 10km open water race at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan

By Mark Etheridge

Michelle Weber emulated the finishing position of fellow Rio Olympics hopeful Chad Ho in the 10-kilometre open water swim at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia on Tuesday.
Like Ho had done on Monday, Weber took 19th spot in the women’s race. She needed a top 10 finish to gain automatic qualification to Rio in this event.
Pictured above, Weber clocked 1hr 59min 28.7sec which put her 1:24.4 behind winner Aurelie Muller of France (1:48.04.3). Runner-up was Netherlands swimmer Sharon van Rouwendaal (1:48:06.7).
‘The race was fast from start to finish and I am disappointed that I did not come top ten to qualify for the Olympic Games next year but I am happy with my 19th place, which gives me an excellent shot to qualify next year at the 2nd trial runs in June in Portugal.
‘Being by far one of the youngest competitors in the group also give me hope for a bright future in competitive Open Water Swimming. I am very thankful to my coach, Graham Hill, family and friends who have supported me in chasing my long life dream to compete at Rio 2016,’ said Weber after her even
South Africa’s other entrant in the longer version of the open-water events was 17-year-old Carmen le Roux who ended 41st in 2:06.37.5 (8:33.2 off the pace).
Meanwhile national water polo captain Kelsey White reflected on her team’s 19-1 defeat to Australia earlier in the day.
‘It as a much better game and the match-ups on the game were better, holding them to their 30 seconds and we controlled the ball a bit better.’ she told Road to Rio 2016. ‘The girls are feeling a little frustrated  However, they’re still motivated to learn and are loving watching all the top notch teams.
‘The girls are enthusiastic to learn from this calibre of players.’
Looking ahead to their final pool game against Greece and White says: ‘We are going to try and keep Greece to under 20 too and make sure there are not as many transition goals.’
Today Pierre le Roux’s men’s side, take on world champions Hungary and will still be buoyed by their opening victory against South American side Argentina.
Says White: ‘It should be a tough one for them but hope they can take some great things from their Argentina game into this one.’
In the synchronised swimming competition, Emma Manners Wood and Laura Strugnell concluded the Duet Free preliminaries in 35th place with 66.0000 points.
Diving action will see Jaimee Gundry participating in the 10m Platform Diving preliminaries.