March 25, 2023
139 VAN ROUWENDAAL Sharon NED 10 Km Gold Medal Open Water 32nd LEN European Championships Swimming, Diving, Synchro, Open Water Berlin, Germany 2014 Aug.13 th - Aug. 24 th Day01 - Aug. 13 Photo A.Staccioli/Deepbluemedia/Insidefoto

Olympic Champion Sharon van Rouwendaal Wins fiftieth Version of Midmar Mile

Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal The Netherlands took the win on the Midmar Mile race in South Africa final weekend.

South African Connor Buck gained the lads’s race for the second time in a row.

The fiftieth version of the race was held within the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal. Thought-about one of many largest open water races on the planet, this yr’s checklist of rivals is approaching 800. The occasion is split into eight separate races over the course of two days of competitors.

Van Rouwendaal didn’t have a simple time, largely towards the South African discipline. The Rio Olympic gold medalist and silver medalist on the Tokyo Video games lined the gap in 18 minutes and 40 seconds. He spent about two weeks in South Africa coaching for the occasion.

Van Rouwendaal will get a push from American Olympian Ashley Twitchell He completed third at 18:44. He was younger by the way in which Tayla Dowie At 18:43. Final yr’s winner Stephanie Houtman He completed fourth at 19:29. Michelle Weber A two-time Olympian and the one South African feminine swimmer on the 2016 Olympics, she completed eleventh in 20:03.

20-year-old Buck gained the occasion for the second time in a row with a time of 17:39. He was nearly a minute forward in second place Henry Louw, nationwide workforce participant who was briefly on the College of Georgia. Brendan Visser positioned third and Chad La Tourette He completed fifth general (and first within the 31v40 division) at 18:52.

Additionally amongst notable finishers have been two-time Paralympic athletes. Alan Ferreira, He got here first within the visually impaired class with 23:09. Mike Pengelley The 76 has accomplished its fiftieth go on the Midmar Mile, part of each occasion because it started in 1974.

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