Day 04 of the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea

Gwangju, Tuesday, 16th July 2019  - New Zealand was too strong for the South African women’s Water Polo national side when they won 17-4 during the 18th FINA World Championships fixture today.

Amica Hallendorff (two), Yanah Gerber (one) and Christine Abrahamse (one) were on point for the Mzansi ladies, who will be playing their final Group A game against the USA on Thursday.

New Zealand’s goals came from Bernadette Doyle (four), Morgan McDowall (four), Emmerson Houghton (three), Emily Nicholson (two), Katie McKenty (one), Grace Tobin (one), Kaitlin Howarth (one) and Kate Enoka (one).

In the highly competitive 10km Open Water race, Chad Ho concluded in 23rd place, clocking 1:49.37.9 ahead of team-mate Danie Marais, who ended 30th in 1:50:14.2.

Following the event, Ho said: “The race was pretty tough, one of the fastest I have ever done and I didn’t expect them to go at 4.5km into the lap, we usually go at about 7km but the pace picked up really quickly.

“It just shows how everyone has evolved and I need to see where I can adjust my training and put it into practice.

“I will now be focusing on the 2020 Olympic Trials and go there and do my best and hopefully qualify for Tokyo. I will take it one step at a time, finish this year and get some more racing experience in and look ahead to the future.” concluded Ho.

Earlier on in the day, Laura Strugnell and Emma Manners-Wood finished the Artistic Swimming’s Duet Free Preliminaries in 40th place with 67.3333 points, while Wednesday’s programme will see Strugnell, Faith Adonis, Courtney Musson, Nadine Vaarland and Shannon Whyte compete in the Artistic Swimming Team Free Preliminaries.

ENDS

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