Danie Marais and Youth Olympian Michelle Weber took the main titles as just over 1000 eager swimmers took part in the inaugural Sanlam Cape Mile at Eikenhof Dam in Grabouw, Western Cape on Saturday.
Competition was rife in the elite men’s race with Marais, and Olympians Myles Brown and Chad Ho swimming neck to neck for the duration of the event.
The deciding factor would be an exciting sprint to the finish, with Marais clinching victory mere seconds ahead of Brown. ‘I felt good in the water, focused and ready to race,’ said Marais. ‘Staying with Chad and Myles, I focused on my own race. When there were approximately 400m to 500m left I decided to give my all.
‘I’m very happy with my win. Although I train in Durban, I’m originally from Clifton, so claiming a win in Cape Town is really nice.’
Marais claimed victory in a lightning fast time of 17 minutes 41 seconds. Brown came in second, while Ho finished third.
Elite swimmer Weber set the pace in the women’s race completing the mile in an excellent time of 18:48.
Weber said she was surprised to hear that this was the inaugural event.
‘There was so much hype building up to the Cape Mile that I actually thought that the event has been taking place for quite some time already.
‘My strategy was to go all out from the start and keep my pace, start hard, finish hard. The venue is beautiful and I love the dark water of the Eikenhof Dam. I am stoked with my win and will definitely come back next year. Cape Town is just so beautiful, I love it’. Carmen Le Roux came in second, while Clarice Le Roux finished third.
Picture of Marais finishing the Cape Mile, courtesy of Volume Photography