The Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) 3km swim championships at Settlers Dam on Sunday morning saw the much anticipated dual between defending SPAR River Mile champion Daniel Jones and current undefeated aQuellé Ocean Racing Series 1km champion Ian Venter.
Held in near perfect conditions in this tranquil fresh water dam just outside Grahamstown, swimmers from Border and Eastern Province went head to head over 3 laps of the 1km course with EP Swimmers Jones, Venter and Nicolas Adam breaking away from the start. In the final lap Venter managed to break up the threesome and crossed the winning line in 36 minutes and 22 seconds to take the 3km Championship title, just under 20 seconds ahead of Adam with Jones in a distant 3rd place.
In the Ladies 3km open water championship race it was St Francis Bay swimmer Amica De Jager who took the honours in 38 min 16 sec with Jessica Canter in 2nd place and Kirsten Marriott in 3rd place.
“Today’s 3km swim was very exciting and great to see some of EP’s top open water swimmers in action. It’s great to see the swimmers performing so well despite their busy training programs at the moment.” said race director Mike Zoetmulder of Zsports Events NPC. “Given today’s result, I think the SPAR River Mile in two week’s time is going to be a massive tussle between today’s podium placings and some of the region’s top pool swimmers like the Basson twins.”
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