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Ho is Cape Town-bound as his bid for Rio intensifies
- Updated: March 3, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Beijing Olympian and current world open water five-kilometre champion, Chad Ho heads south this weekend to tackle the South African championships.
He’ll line up fresh from two recent swims, one international and one local as he continues his bid to qualify for the Rio Olympics later this year.
His international efforts came at the Abu Dhabi leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Leg last Friday and he then jetted back for the Discovery Chelmsford Challenge in his host province of KwaZulu-Natal.
He placed 19th in a strong field, clocking 1hr 48min 13.5sec which was 33.9sec behind winner Marc Olivier of France.
‘Abu Dhabi was a good swim, very tough but a great learning experience for me,’ Ho told Road to Rio 2016. ‘I achieved what I want to do there which was to see exactly where I stand amongst the other swimmers worldwide and to find out what it is I’m lacking, what I can improve etc.
‘I always enjoy racing internationally as it’s always so much more of a challenge and you get a much more realistic view of how you’re swimming at that time.’
‘Then the Chelmsford Challenge in Newcastle was a very comfortable swim for me, just a good swim to flush out the system after all the travels.
‘I only landed in Durban on the Saturday night and then drove through to Newcastle at 2am with my girlfriend and her brother to help with the driving.’
Expectations of the SA champs? ‘Actually, just to swim my own race and get a top two. A win would be ideal but I need to be top two to go to Portugal.’
Setubal, Portugal is where the final qualifying race for the Rio Olympics will be held in June.