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Brazilian ace impressive at E Cape Series 3

by ZwemZa on January 11th, 2018
Ana Marcela Cunha (deepbluemedia)

Ana Marcela Cunha (deepbluemedia)

Three time world 25km open water swim champion, Ana Marcela Cunha from Brazil, produced a measured performance in the 10km Eastern Cape Series 3 open water swim event at Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay on Sunday, January 7.

Swimming with training partner Nicolaos Manoussakis, the two swimmers swam together the entire distance, with Ana Marcela out sprinting Manoussakis over the last two hundred metres of the race in near perfect conditions.

Ana Marcela started training in South Africa just over two weeks ago and this was her first visit to the world class open water swim venue at Marina Martinique.

“Everything is still new and I am adapting. Marina Martinique is beautiful and worth enjoying,” says Ana Marcela.

She won the 10km swim in a time of 2:04:28, while Manoussakis won the men’s race in a time of 2:04:29.

St Francis Bay swimmer Amika De Jager came second in the women’s race some 12 minutes off the pace.

“It was great to see world class swimming at Marina Martinique and its a good build up to the South African National Open Water Swimming Championships that will be held in Jeffreys Bay in March,” said Brenton Williams, deputy Mayor of Kouga Municipality. “Open water swimming has boosted tourism in Jeffreys Bay since we started holding regular events at Marina Martinique nearly 20 years ago. To see a highly respected world champion like Ana Marcela compete here was fantastic.”

Kouga Express | edited by ZwemZa


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