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The Best Mile yet at the Midmar Dam

The 44th edition of the world famous aQuellé Midmar Mile went off this weekend without a hitch, with many saying it was the best year yet.

The race had plenty high level excitement in what was a classic finish between reigning heavyweight Chad Ho being narrowly bested by Matthew Meyer.  Ashley Twichell proved yet again she’s one of the best in the world with a big win as well.

Budget delay stalls President Buhari swimming tourney

The Nigeria Aquatics Federation (NAF) yesterday announced the postponement of its 2017 National Open Water Swimming Championships, saying it would now hold from March 15 to March 20.

The championships were to have held from Feb. 16 to Feb. 22 at the Jabi Lake, Abuja.

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WATCH: Matthew wins Midmar Mile

MOUNT Edgecombe’s Matthew Meyer won this year’s Aquelle Midmar Mile champion. Meyer not only upset 7-time champion Ho, but he also out-sprinted American world champion Chip Peterson and Ferry Weertman.

“This was my 11th Midmar Mile and ever since entering the open race my goal has always been to win it. It was really tight between me, Chip, Ferry and Chad but around the 200 metres from the finish line it became a tight finish between me and Chad.

Limbless American swimmer to defy the odds at Midmar Mile race

Durban - A limbless American triathlon swimmer will at the weekend prove that some of life's limits can be pushed and overcome when he participates in the 44th aQuellé Midmar Mile race.

Craig Dietz is set to steal the show at the event which is taking place just outside Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal on February 11 and 12.

He is among 180 athletes who will compete in the event in the category for swimmers with disabilities.

Dietz was born without arms and legs in 1979, but his disability has never stood in his way.

Bay loses lucrative North End Lake swim

IT was announced this week that the South African open water swimming nationals will relocate from the proposed venue of North End Lake to Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay.

The Championships, which are set to attract around 300 top swimmers from around the country, were earmarked to be the first swimming event in the rehabilitated lake but at the weekend the local organisers had to recommend the venue change to Swimming South Africa as water quality levels hadn’t yet met with international swimming standards.

aQuellé Midmar Mile 2017

Each year the Midmar Mile draws thousands of competitors, from serious international athletes and Olympic medallists to purely recreational swimmers.   In 2009 the event, in which 13 755 competitors finished the race, was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest open water swimming event.

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Sunday, 13 August, 2017 - 12:00 to Thursday, 17 August, 2017 - 12:00

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Showdown awaits at open water swim champs

THIS weekend sees the showdown of EP’s top open water swimmers as the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) Open Water Swim Championships takes place at Marina Martinique.

Saturday will feature the NMBA 5km Championships starting at 2pm while Sunday hosts the NMBA 10km Championships at 9am and the 3pm Championships at 12 noon.

Drought won't affect Midmar Mile: Race director

Despite the ongoing drought‚ the Midmar Mile glass is more than half fill this year‚ event director Wayne Riddin said on Tuesday.

The dam just outside Howick in KwaZulu-Natal is 35 metres higher than last year‚ which is good news for the biggest open water swimming event in the world. According to Department of Water Affairs official figures‚ the current level of the dam is 58.5% compared to 46.8% a year ago.

Stiff competition for Ho

Johannesburg - Earning a record eighth Midmar Mile title has just got a bit tougher for Chad Ho as he goes up against a defending Olympic Open Water gold medallist and a former 10km world champion.

Midmar race director Wayne Ridden, pictured, yesterday revealed that the men’s competition would have more international swimmers who will be looking to break Ho’s stranglehold on the world’s largest open water swim.

Olympic open water champion Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands will be making his Midmar debut this year while 2005 world champion Chip Peterson is also set to line up against Ho.

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