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Weber switches focus to team event at world championships
- Updated: July 30, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
The penultimate day of open-water swimming at the FINA World Championships takes place in Russia on Thursday and Michelle Weber will barely have had enough time to recover from Tuesday’s 10km before she’s back in the deep end!
Weber (like compatriot Chad Ho did on Monday) ended 19th in the 10km event on Tuesday, missing out on a top 10 place and automatic qualification for next year’s Olympics in Rio.
The KwaZulu-Natal swimmer, who was clocked at 1hr 59min 28.7sec told Road to Rio 2016: ‘Yeah the race was tough from start to finish but I’m very happy with my performance and the improvement alongside it.
‘I also did a personal best time by about eight minutes. So while I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t make the cut to the Olympics I’m confident with a little more training that I’ll be able to qualify at the second trial run next year in Portugal.’
Final action from her in Kazan will be the 5km open water team event on Thursday.
‘Me, Chad and Nico [Manoussakiss] are doing the team event tomorrow. I think all I have left this year now are African Games in Brazzaville, Congo. Otherwise I’m just going to work hard for next year.’
Also on Thursday, the women’s water polo side conclude their preliminary round fixtures against Greece after going down to the Netherlands and Australia in their first two games. And skipper Kelsey White’s girls, while not expected to upset the Greeks, will look to gain invaluable experience at this highest level of the code.
Meanwhile in other Wednesday action, the 10m Platform Diving preliminaries, saw Jaimee Gundry finished 34th with 245.60 points.