The sold out field of participants for the 10th Jendamark Bellbouy Challenge were welcomed to Pollok Beach on Saturday morning to the best swimming conditions the Challenge has ever produced. Nelson Mandela Bay, first stop on the international swimming Open Water World Tour (OWWT), showed off with Mediterranean like conditions for the duration of the 5km swim and even threw in a sprinkling of Bottlenose dolphins to add the cherry on the top to a diverse field of swimmers which included 22% from outside of the Bay.
SA Lifesaving’s recently crowned Victrix Laudorum, St Francis Bay’s Amica de Jager, absolutely blew the field away with her best display of open water swimming to date by winning in a new ladies swim record of 57 minutes 42 seconds, the events fastest winning time in 4 years. Defending Men’s champion, Gary Albertyn from Pretoria, was just 6 seconds behind in a time which was 1/100 of a second faster than his 3rd placing time of 2015 when the event enjoyed near perfect conditions.
Lindi Terblanche was the first Port Elizabeth swimmer home in the ladies category with a 2nd placing whilst Spanish swimmer Andrea Fos Corbera, 2018 OWWT Ladies champion,