Phillip Seidler sets his mark

Phillip Seidler set his mark at the 2019 South African Open Water Championships at Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay.

This year’s competition was the official qualifier for the 18th FINAL World Championships in Gwangju, Korea. The top two athletes in the 5k and 10k races are being considered for selection by Swimming South Africa.
Namibian’s Open Water Swimmer Phillip Seidler from Swakopmund competed against SA’s top talents as well as an array of international stars from Israel and Netherlands, who showed off their skills during the two-day SA National Open Water Championships.
On the first day, Phillip competed in the men’s 10km event and finished the race 6th overall in a time of 1:54:41 hrs. Winning the men’s 10k event was Matan Roditi of Israel, who topped the field in 1:52.40.24. Compatriot Idan Mordel came in 2nd, while South African Chad Ho claimed bronze and his fellow countryman Daniel Marais 4th, while Israel got position 5 and the 6thplace went to Namibia.
The next day Seidler competed in men’s 5km event and finished the race in 2nd position overall. He was up against 59 participants and claimed silver.
Michael McGlynn of South Africa punched the time pad in 56:33.61, while his brother snared bronze with Namibia’s Phillip Seidler splitting the pair for silver with a time of 57:02 min.
At the women’s 5km and 10km events, South Africa’s Olympian Michelle Weber led a trio of South African in the 10k race for the women, winning in 2:05:37.05, followed by Abi Meder and Robyn Kinghorn. Weber also took the women’s 5k title in a time of 1:01.58.42, with Robyn Kinghorn and Amica de Jager taking silver and bronze, respectively.
Phillip Seidler made Namibia once again proud and with his strong performance. He officially qualified for the 18th FINA World Championships and will represent Namibia in Gwangju, South Korea, which will be an Olympic qualifier for Tokyo 2020.hillip Seidler

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