Beijing Olympian Chad Ho ended 20th in the men’s open water 10-kilometre race at the 14th Fina World Championships in Shanghai, China on Wednesday.
Ho, 21, clocked 1hr 54min 58.6sec for the swim, just 33.9 seconds down on winner Spyros Gianniotis of Greece who was timed at 1:54:24.7.
The top 10 finishers qualify automatically for the event at next year’s London Olympics.
Gianniotis overtook defending champion Thomas Lursz of Germany on the last lap of the race, held off Jinshan City Beach. Now aged 30, the Liverpool-born swimmer ended 16th in the men’s open water 10km at the Beijing Olympics, behind Ho who ended ninth.
Runner-up on Wednesday was Lurz in 1:54.27.2 with Russian Sergey Bolshakov third in 1:54.31.8. Just 15 seconds separated the top 10 finishers.
Ho’s South African countryman, Troy Prinsloo finished 38th in 1:48.48.5, four minutes down on the winner.
A total of 62 swimmers completed the 10km, with two swimmers failing to complete the race within the time limit and three failing to finish at all.
In the women’s 10km open water swim on Monday, Paralympics ace Natalie du Toit ended 39th and team-mate Jessica Roux 45th.
Meanwhile our men’s waterpolo side went down 8-16 to Germany in their second match of the championships on Wednesday
The men trailed 2-3 after the first quarter with the other quarters going 2-4 1-4 and 3-5 in favor of the Germans.
Jason Kyte and Ryan Bell were our top scorers with three apiece. The other two goals came from Bevan Manson and Donn Stewart. Moritz Oeler was top goalscorer for Germany with six successful strikes.
South Africa have now lost both matches, after they were beaten 17-1 by Italy in their first match on Monday. their final Group D match will be against the United Stae on Friday.