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Danie Marais wins 2015 Sanlam Cape Mile

Danie Marais, 22, pipped Myles Brown and Chad Ho in a thrilling finish to the first Sanlam Cape Mile swim on Saturday 14 February. The Speedo swimmer finished in 17 minutes 41 seconds, a second ahead of Myles Brown, 22, and Midmar Mile king, Chad Ho, 23, (17 minutes 44 seconds) in a sprint to the finish at Eikenhoff Dam, Grabouw. The three were neck-and-neck throughout the 1.6km Cape Mile route and are among SA’s […]

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Chad Ho Midmar Mile by Darren Goddard Cychomedia

Ho ho ho, will Chad make it six in a row?

Chad Ho competes for his sixth consecutive win at the world’s largest open water swim, the aQuellé Midmar Mile, near Pietermaritzburg, this weekend. Chad, 23, has won the coveted men’s crown for the last five years, beating tough local and international competition. This year, his rivals include the UK’s Tom Allan and Daniel Fogg, and SA’s Danie Marais. “There is always a danger of being over-confident… but my eye is definitely on another win,” said […]

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Battered swimmers complete 200km to highlight water crisis

Two battered but triumphant extreme athletes ended a 10-day, 200km swim down the Free State’s polluted Wilge River on Wednesday, completing the first stage of a campaign to highlight South Africa’s deteriorating waterways. Andrew Chin, 45, and Toks Viviers, 52, began swimming down the Wilge River at Harrismith on January 5, and completed 200km on Wednesday morning, a short distance from Frankfort. Difficult experience The two said they had suffered from upset stomachs, nausea and […]

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Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge a muddy success

Few backdrops can compare with the scenic natural grandeur of Plettenberg Bay, and so it’s no wonder that a record field flocked onto the Garden Route to take part in the ever-popular Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge. Thousands of athletes, weekend warriors, and celebrity sports stars lined up for the eleventh Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge, competing in a diverse range of events, including open-ocean swimming, trail running, mountain biking, beach walks, and a Kids of Steel […]

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Extreme swimmers to tackle 200km to highlight river plight

Two extreme athletes are set to swim 200km down the polluted Wilge River in the Free State to highlight the plight of South Africa’s deteriorating waterways. Globally renowned extreme swimmers, Andrew Chin (45) and Toks Viviers (52) will take to the Wilge River at Harrismith on 6 January only in Speedo costumes, caps, and goggles, and will attempt to swim over about 10 days to Frankfort, 200km downstream. They will be accompanied by a small […]

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SA ice team risk arrest to swim from Russia to US

Five South African extreme swimmers are set for one of the most remote, frigid and hostile challenges imaginable by attempting to swim in relay about 110km across the icy sea between Russia and the USA in early August. They depart from Cape Town this Saturday (27 July). Wearing only a Speedo, cap and goggles, Ryan Stramrood, Kieron Palframan, Toks Viviers, Andrew Chin and Ram Barkai will jet off this weekend to join about 50 international […]

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Ho sets new record, Twichell grabs first win at Midmar Mile

A day of records at Midmar Mile It was a day of records at the aQuellé Midmar Mile as Chad Ho became the race’s biggest winner, Ashley Twichell became the first US winner of the race, and the event broke its own record as the world’s biggest open water swim on its fortieth anniversary. Westville star Ho (22) led from the gun the men’s race, and took the early hotspot comfortably. However Troyden Prinsloo surged […]

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Limbless swimmer inspires fans ahead of Midmar Mile

Dietz is raring to go Craig Dietz, the limbless American open water swimmer, arrived in South Africa on Wednesday and immediately made for Pietermaritzburg Seals Swimming Club to meet the media and to do some lengths in the pool ahead of the weekend’s aQuellé Midmar Mile. Dietz is immediately warm, engaging, always ready with a laugh, and accommodating towards everyone that wants to chat to him. Talk to him for a while and his limitations […]

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Troy Prinsloo seeks to join exclusive Midmar Mile Club

Prinsloo looking for third Midmar Mile win London Olympian Troy Prinsloo will be looking to spoil the ‘Chad Ho party’ when he seeks a third aQuellé Midmar Mile men’s title at the 2013 event on 9 and 10 February. Ho, his regular open water swimming competitor, became the first man ever to complete a hat-trick of victories at the 2012 edition. Prinsloo himself could have been the first to claim the milestone, having raced to […]

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SA swimmers miss out on open water top ten at FINA World Champs

Hot and humid Shanghai takes its toll Yesterday (Wednesday, 20 July), the South African duo of Chad Ho and Troyden Prinsloo finished in 20th and 36th respectively in the men’s 10km event of the FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China.

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