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Chad Ho (Morningside, Durban) and Michelle Weber (Franschhoek) had the crowds on their feet at 4th annual Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments at the picturesque Eikenhof Dam (Elgin, Grabouw) on Sunday, 18 February 2018.

Seen here:  Chad Ho claims gold at the 2018 Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg
Seen here: Chad Ho claims gold at the 2018 Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg

“I had a very good race,” says Ho.  “The start was nice and comfortable.  I decided to make my move at the first turn around buoy, when we started to swim into the wind.  I just put my head down and focused on growing the gap.  I am really happy with how I am swimming at the moment. “

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“Successfully defending my title is an honor,” continues Ho.  “The Sanlam Cape Mile is a great event.  It’s well organized, very professional and has a great atmosphere.”

Ho completed the 2018 Sanlam Cape Mile in a lightning fast time of 19 minutes 08 seconds.  Chad Michau came in second, while Dylan Wright finished third.

For the first time since the event’s inception, Danie Marais did not toe the line with Chad Ho and Myles Brown.  “I broke my collar bone while surfing,” says Marais.  “I am really devastated that I wasn’t able to compete this year.  I’ve been training really hard for the 2018 race.  My heart was set on claiming gold, but I will be back next year for the win.”

Seen here: Michelle Weber on her way to victory at the 2018 Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg

The women’s elite race saw a sprint finish between Michelle Weber and Robyn Kinghorn.  Weber clinched victory in a time of 21 minutes 04 seconds.

According to Weber the start was really quick.  “It’s been a tough couple of weeks of racing, but I really wanted to win today.  I love the open water swimming community and I love the vibe at the Sanlam Cape Mile.  It’s the perfect family day out.  My two sisters also swam today. I’ve competed at the Sanlam Cape Mile for four years in a row.  I definitely want to come back next year.”  Robyn Kinghorn came in second, while Sasha-Lee finished third.

EVENT INFORMATIONSanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments

Date: Sunday, 18 February 2018
Venue:  Eikenhof Dam, Elgin-Grabouw Country Club (Western Cape)
Categories & 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

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:  The action of the 2018 Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments closed off with an energetic performance by multi-instrumentalist Folk Rock Duo, Esté and Lourens Rabé of Bottomless Coffee Band.

Twitter:  @CapeMile

Facebook page:  Cape Mile

For more information on the Sanlam Cape Mile please contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com