Olympian Myles Brown and Youth Olympian Michelle Weber came up trumps in the second annual Sanlam Cape Mile open water swim at Grabouw, Western Cape on Sunday.
The men’s elite race saw Brown, 2008 Olympian Chad Ho and Danie Marais fighting it out from start to finish on the 1.6 kilometre swim.
‘Conditions were good going into the start,’ says Brown after his impressive 17min 56sec victory. ‘I felt really calm. After last year’s race I knew that it would be down to the finish and that I had to stick with Chad and Danie. As we rounded the last buoy I put my head down and just swam. I had to get up before Chad.
‘Being the one that is doing the pipping is a much better feeling. The Sanlam Cape Mile is an awesome event. It’s well run, hosted at a beautiful venue and has a really good vibe and I’ll definitely be back next year.’
Ho came in second, with Marais securing the final spot on the podium. Also in the top 10 was 2014 Paralympic medallist Achmat Hassiem, who finished eighth in a time of 21:25.
Reigning elite women’s champion, Weber successfully defended her title in 19:15. ‘Being able to defend my title is an awesome feeling,’ says Weber. ‘I mainly entered just to have fun, but with the big prize purse I definitely wanted to win.
‘With Sanlam and Speedo onboard the Sanlam Cape Mile has become a big event and is sure to become one of the biggest in the world. The event is incredible with an amazing vibe, good music and food stalls. It’s the perfect family event.’ Carmen le Roux, who like Weber, swam the open water events at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia last year, came in second, while ace triathlete Mari Rabie finished third.
‘It was an incredible day with so many of the country’s elite swimmers taking part in this year’s Cape Mile,’ said Carl Roothman, CE of the Retail Business at Sanlam Investments. ‘Over 1500 participants competed in the various categories and I am confident that with our Sanlam sponsorship we can grow the Sanlam Cape Mile into one of SA’s premier open-water swims.’
Picture of Brown emerging victorious courtesy of Tobias Ginsberg.