Ho ready for title defense at Sanlam Cape Mile

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Considered one of the fastest professional open water swimmers in the world, Chad Ho is hoping for a successful title defense on Sunday, 18 February 2018 when he takes on the 4th annual Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments at the picturesque Eikenhof Dam (Elgin, Grabouw).

Ho’s 3rd attempt at the Sanlam Cape Mile saw him clinch gold in a lightning fast time of 17 minutes 48 seconds in 2017. “I enjoy open water swimming because it is a mysterious sport,” says Ho. “I love that it is unpredictable. Not knowing what the outcome will be gives me an extra adrenaline rush. The Sanlam Cape Mile is held in a very beautiful part of Cape Town. I was thrilled with my performance in 2017. I finally managed to win. I am hoping to repeat my performance in 2018. I don’t go into races with a strategy in mind. I will just remain focused on my stroke, my sighting and my capabilities on the day.”

Ho will face tough competition from 2016 Sanlam Cape Mile winner, Myles Brown. Brown placed 4th at the Sanlam Cape Mile in 2017. “I was a little disappointed with my performance in 2017,” admits Brown. “I struggled with the conditions, but still had a great time. My strategy for race day is to stick to my strengths. The Eikenhof Dam is an iconic venue that sets the scene for an amazing, fun filled family day.”

For the first time since the event’s inception, Danie Marais will not be towing the line with Ho and Brown at the Sanlam Cape Mile. “I broke my collar bone while surfing,” says Marais. “I am really devastated that I won’t be competing this year. I’ve been training really hard for the 2018 race. My heart was set on claiming gold this year. I will definitely be back next year for the win.”

Michelle Weber will be leading the field in the women’s elite race. Weber claimed gold at the Sanlam Cape Mile in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 she had to settle for second place behind Ashley Twitchell.

“This will be the 4th time that I compete in the Sanlam Cape Mile,” says Weber. “I enjoy the event because it has an awesome vibe, great entertainment, prizes, live music and food. Everything is just great. My goal is to do the best that I can. A mile is much shorter than 10km, but I’ve trained hard. I look forward to seeing where I am at this point of my training.”

EVENT INFORMATION: Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments

Date: Sunday, 18 February 2018
Venue: Eikenhof Dam, Elgin-Grabouw Country Club (Western Cape)
Entry Fee: R90 / 500m
R190 / 1 Mile (1.6km)
R400 per team / 4x 1000m (R100 per swimmer)
R600 / 5 x Mile swim
Start Times: 08:30
Male and Female U/13
Male & Female 51-60years
Male & Female 60+ years
5x 1 mile – Charity Swim
09:15
Male & Female 41-50 years
5x 1 mile – Charity Swim
10:00
Male & Female 31-40years
5x 1 mile – Charity Swim
10:45
Male & Female: Elite
5x 1 mile – Charity Swim
11:30
Male & Female 14-30 years
5x 1 mile – Charity Swim
12:30 – 500m
13:15 – 4 x 1000 Team Relay
Online Entries Close: Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Late Entries: Speedo Store, Canal Walk: Friday, 16 February 2018 between 12h00 – 20h00
Grabouw Country Club: Sunday, 18 February 2018 from 07h00 – 12h30

photo Tobias Ginsberg

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