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Open Water swimmers kick off the first leg of the SA Grand Prix in Nelspruit

by ZwemZa on January 12th, 2018
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15:  Michelle Weber of South Africa competes in the Women's 10km Marathon Swimming on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Fort Copacabana on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 15: Michelle Weber of South Africa competes in the Women’s 10km Marathon Swimming on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Fort Copacabana on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

The Nelspruit leg of the SA Grand Prix got off to a flying start on Friday with the Open Water swimmers in action at the Longmere Dam in White River.

In the 10km event, it was former FINA World Junior Champion and Rio 2016 Olympian Michelle Weber that came out on top in a fast 1:57:28.95, followed by Rebecca Meder in 1:58:02.65 and Abi Meder in 2:01:23.05, while on the men’s side, Tygerburg’s Dylan Wright claimed the gold in 1:57:36.25 ahead of Tuks Swimming’s Henre Louw in 1:58:0314 and fellow team-mate Andrew Ritchie in 1:59:05.68.

Bloemfontein’s David Leukes and Gauteng’s Ayesha Valli competed in the 3km race and finished in 47:00.38 and 52:37.98, respectively.

The participants from this weekend’s Open Water competition will be looking forward to the South African National Open Water Championships, which will be held the picturesque Marina Martinique in Jeffrey’s Bay on 3rd and 4th March 2018 and will double as the official qualification event for the FINA Junior World  Open Water Championships in Israel later in the year.

The SA Grand Prix continues Saturday with the Open Water Swimming starting at 08h00 with a 5km event, while the swimming finals session will begin at 14h00.

Supplied by SSA & edited by ZwemZa

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