Michelle Weber, from eMdloti, KwaZulu-Natal, finished 18th in the women’s 10 000m open water race at the Rio Olympics, reports Northglen News.
Weber, who earlier this year became the first South African woman to win the aQuellé Midmar Mile women’s race in 13 years, was competing in her first Olympics.
The former Crawford College La Lucia pupil had only swum two other international 10km races, and she was South Africa’s sole female swimmer to complete in the 2016 Olympic Games.
Weber finished in a time of 1:59:05, which landed her in 18th position. There were 26 competitors who started the race.
Dutch swimmer Sharon van Rouwendaal cruised to gold ahead of Rachele Bruni and Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto, who won the bronze medal position.
– Caxton News Service