Tokyo Games Hopeful Michelle Weber Doubles Up on Midmar Mile Wins

South African Olympic swimmer, Michelle Weber powered through 20 top-ranked women to win the 2021 aQuelle Midmar Mile title that she previously won in 2016. Photo: Supplied

South African Olympic swimmer, Michelle Weber powered through 20 top-ranked women to win the 2021 aQuelle Midmar Mile title that she had previously won in 2016.

The 24-year-old who is aiming to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics finished the race in 19 minutes and 40 seconds.

“It’s so strange because I won it in 2016 which was Olympic year and then I didn’t win it last year, so it was like a weird superstition thing,” she revealed after her victory.

“Now the Olympics have moved to this year so I’m very happy that I won this year.” – South African Olympic swimmer, Michelle Weber

“Now the Olympics have moved to this year so I’m very happy that I won this year – it’s just a mental thing.”

Defending champion Robyn Kinghorn finished fifth in the race, and praised Weber’s performance after the fin.“Congrats to Michelle – she had a brilliant race,” said Kinghorn.

“It’s definitely hard coming back as a defending champion and having a race like that. I wasn’t too happy with it, but it happens, and you move on from it,” she concluded.

 

Photo caption: South African Olympic swimmer, Michelle Weber powered through 20 top-ranked women to win the 2021 aQuelle Midmar Mile title that she previously won in 2016. Photo: Supplied

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