Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
10 Feb 2019
6:08 pm

Aussies dominate Midmar Mile

Wesley Botton

Men's winner Nick Sloman narrowly misses out on a record time.

The 2019 Midmar Mile. Photo: Supplied

Australian competitors dominated the elite races at the annual Midmar Mile open water swim in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.

Nick Sloman tore clear of the rest of the field to win the elite men’s 1.6km contest in 17:01, just one second outside the race record.

Michael McGlynn edged out the chasing group in a tight battle to take second place in 17:28, while Danie Marais grabbed the bottom step of the podium in 17:29.

Former 5km world champion Chad Ho, who was aiming for his eighth career victory at the popular event, settled for seventh position.

In the women’s race, Kareena Lee coasted to a convincing victory, securing a double for the Australian contingent.

Lee completed the race in 18:20, more than a minute ahead of former winner Michelle Weber, who took second place.

Weber was the first South African across the line, clocking 19:26, with Samantha Randle finishing third a further three seconds behind.

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