King Ho eyes 7th Midmar

King of Midmar, Chad Ho, will be up against stiff competition when he vies for his seventh Midmar title at this year’s 43rd Midmar Mile, one of the world’s largest open water swims

King of Midmar, Chad Ho, will be up against stiff competition when he vies for his seventh Midmar title at this year’s 43rd Midmar Mile, one of the world’s largest open water swims

King of Midmar, Chad Ho, will be up against stiff competition when he vies for his seventh Midmar title at this year’s 43rd Midmar Mile, one of the world’s largest open water swims.

Ho, who has his sights on his seventh crown, will be up against rivals, training partner, Matthew Meyer and the in-form Danie Marais.

Last week Ho narrowly lost to Marais and Brown at the Sanlam Cape Mile, largely seen as a precursor to Midmar a week later, and if he wins, he will hold sole ownership of the record for the most consecutive titles which he currently shares with Natasha Panzera.

“I plan on using all my experience as an open water swimmer to be a little bit better than the rest,” said Ho, adding “…anything can happen on the day.”

Ho cautioned new swimmers to stay as calm as possible and avoid frantic swimmers, “Don’t push yourself too hard. Keep hydrated and most importantly, have fun.”

Speedo’s Brand General Manager, Deidre Scodeller, urged swimmers to take all the necessary precautions to ensure their safety.

She reminded participants of a tip by Martin Godfrey, Midmar Mile legend, who said: “Follow the orange marker buoys and ensure you are a swimming in a straight line.” Read the full article here.