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Monday, February 10, 2014

Ho vs. Prinsloo Déjà Vu In Midmar

Less than 24 hours after Chad Ho (shown with white swim cap) and Troy Prinsloo (shown with multi-colored cap) went stroke-for-stroke in an epic aQuellé Midmar Mile, the two South African rivals returned to the Midmar Dam and renewed their increasingly frequent mano-a-mano battles again.

This time, Ho and Prinsloo faced off at the 10 km South African National Open Water Swimming Championships in the very same Midmar Dam.

Again, they went stroke-for-stroke often in a four-way with Daniel Szekelyi of Hungary and young Danie Marais of South Africa.

But every time Ho picked up the pace, Prinsloo stepped up his game. And every time Prinsloo increased the tempo, so did Ho. They were inseparable and never more so than at the finish when they both went all out.

But the weekend remained ever so slightly in Ho's favor who just barely got a fingertip ahead of Prinsloo as Ho squeezed Prinsloo in a bit at the end. With another 2 years on their racing schedule before the 2016 Rio Olympics, this rivalry shows no signs of slowing down.

Top 4 finishers:
1. Chad Ho 2:01:39.88
2. Troy Prinsloo 2:01:40.056
3. Daniel Szekelyi 2:01:44.57
4. Danie Marais 2:01:59.81

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