Keri-anne Payne followed her strong performance at last weekend’s Swim the Swan to dominate the women’s race at yesterday’s Midmar Mile. Payne led from the start to win in 17:35, beating last year’s winner Ashley Twichell by 35 seconds. It is the eighth time Payne has won the event. Her time was over two minutes faster than her 2014 result, when she came second to Twichell, and just two seconds short of her record time.
In the men’s event, Chad Ho continued his unbroken string of victories by winning the event for the sixth year running, in a time of 17:04. Mark Meyer and Danie Marias were second and third in 17:16 and 17:21 respectively.
The start of the race was delayed to continue the search for swimmer Tristan Dennis, who went missing during the relays that took place on the first day of the event on Saturday. It is the third time in five years that a swimmer has gone missing at the Midmar Mile.