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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Amica de Jager Wins Jendamark Bellbuoy Swim Outright

Courtesy of Oscar Rubio, Open Water World Tour, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Oscar Rubio described the first stop on this year's Open Water World Tour, "Our 2019 edition started with an amazing event, the 10th edition of the Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa."

"A cloudy morning awaited 200 swimmers who were going to face this 5 km challenge. But the weather gave them a big present with the best conditions ever over the 10 editions of this event," explained race director Michael Zoetmulder. "The swim started from the water for the swimmers' safety. From start to finish, a tight group of swimmers broke into the lead pack where the favorites like last year's winner, Gary Albertyn, the 2018 Open Water World Tour champion Xabier Gordoa and a fast female swimmer Amica de Jager.

As they reached the turning point of the race at the iconic Bellbuoy, Amica forged into the lead with Gary right behind.

Gary started to push the pace to catch Amica, but Amica was up to the challenge. They went back-and-forth over the last 2 km battling with each other. Amica sprinted ahead and made her way to the finish first - the first time that a woman won the race. It was brilliant.

With this victory, Amica also became the OWWT female leader with Gary second overall as the OWWT Male Leader. They both will keep their leadership until next event, the Splash & Dash Swim Race in Berkeley, California

Even with 200 swimmers in the race, organizer Zports had more than 100 volunteers on the water looking away the swimmers' safety.

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Top 10 Female Results:
1. Amica de Jager (20) 57:42.3
2. Lindi Terblanche (34) 1:09:50.9
3. Andrea Fos (27) 1:09:51.3
4. Paige T Black (16) 1:09:52.6
5. Chane de Jager (24) 1:10:29.8
6. Tyra Roozendaal (17) 1:12:30.1
7. Natalie Goedhals (35) 1:13:46.7
8. Tanya Osborne George (46)9 1:14:00.5
9. Liza Kingston (37) 1:14:36.7
10. Kate Tinley (15) 1:18:21.8

Top 10 Male Results:
1. Gary Albertyn (50) 57:48.7
2. Kyle White (16) 59:27.4
3. Abdul Malick Railoun (27) 59:27.7
4. Heinrich Vorster (17) 59:42.2
5. Slater Black (18) 59:46.0
6. Josh Tucker (18) 59:51.1
7. Kevin Richards (55) 1:00:31.0
8. Deshaan Pillay (22) 1:01:37.2
9. Tyron Venter (33) 1:01:38.7
10. Xabier Gordoa (29) 1:01:51.4

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