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Ho’s heroics recognised

Our long-distance ace Chad Ho has received the third most votes in the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award.

A total of 12 nominations were received for the award with members of the public voting on-line for their choice over a period of time.

The nomination committee explained that the award was not necessarily for the fastest swimmer, but was meant to honour “the man who (1) best embodies the spirit of open water swimming, (2) possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and (3) has most positively influenced the world of open water swimming in 2010.

The awards were dominated by one man, Marcos Diaz with the Dominican Republic swimmer receiving 10,626 votes, a staggering 77.18% of all votes cast.

Runners-up were the six members of the Ventura Deep Six Relay team who attracted 7.87% of the votes (1,083).

Then came Ho with a total of 590 votes (4.29%).

Diaz figuratively swam around the world in his Swim Across the Continents project aimed at bridging together people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. His motto was One Man — Five Continents.

KwaZulu-Natal’s Ho won the 2010 FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit. Before that he was also the youngest male swimmer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics 10km marathon swim where he placed ninth and is sure to part of Team SA at the 2012 Olympics in London.

The Ventura Deep Six Relay, all masters ranging from the age of 42 to 59, swam 325km in four days off the California coast, overcoming intense fog, cold water, large swells and chop, pods of dolphins and flesh-eating fish on the route.