Seidler shines

The male and female winners of the Jetty Mile event managed to trim their previous best times this year.

02 January 2019 | Sports

Philip Seidler (20) has won the 12th edition of the Otb Pupkewitz Jetty Mile for the sixth consecutive year.

Seidler completed the 1.85-kilometre open-water swim, which starts at the Tiger Reef, continues past the Jetty and ends at the Mole, in a record time of 19 minutes and eight seconds.

Last year he took 20 minutes and 24 seconds to complete the one-nautical-mile swim and short beach run to the finish line.

Seidler is preparing for the ten-kilometre FINA OWS world championships in South Korea next year. He said the Jetty Mile was a perfect opportunity to polish his sprinting ability, which is a crucial component of every marathon swim.

His closes rival, Alexander Skinner, finished second with a time of 21 minutes and 34 seconds. JP Burger came third with a time of 22 minutes and 11 seconds.

Heleni Stergiadis (17) won the women's category for the third time in 23 minutes and 49 seconds. Vicky Botha finished second in a time of 24 minutes and 20 seconds, and Joanne Liebenberg finished third with a time of 24:28.

Stergiadis clocked 25 minutes and 13 seconds last year. She first competed in the Jetty Mile in 2016 and has won the competition every year since then.

Sea conditions were mild with not much swell and a surface temperature of 17 degrees.

There were more than 200 entries, with 137 (up from 114) of the swimmers taking part in the full Jetty Mile which started at Tiger Reef at 15:30.

OTIS FINCK

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