Troy Prinsloo ended 21st in the men’s five-kilometre open water swim at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China on Friday.
Prinsloo clocked 56min 37.3sec to end just 20.7sec behind winner Thomas Lurz of Germany (56:16.6). Lurz had ended second in the men’s 10km swim earlier in the week.
Our other representative in the men’s swim on Friday was Danie Marais, 32nd in 59:46.9 in a field of 50 finishers.
Chad Ho was our best placed swimmer in the open water events, ending 20th in the men’s 10km, after struggling in the final stages with illness.
In the women’s 5km open water swim, Nicole Brits was best South African, finishing 33rd overall in 1min 04min 53.1sec and compatriot
Jessica Brits was five positions behind her in 38th (1:07:46.2sec). Swann Oberson from Switzerland,┬áwho has been swimming in international competitions for only one year,┬áwon the event in 1:00:39.7. A total of 39 swimmers finished the swim.
Second was Aurelie Muller from France in 1:00:40.1 with American Grace Twichell third in 1:00:40.1. It was Twichell’s second medal in two days.
Twichell was┬ápart of the star-studded American three-person team that won the five-kilometre competition┬áevent on┬áThursday night.