Chad Ho (born 21 June 1990) is a 27-year-old 2008 and 2016 South African Olympian and world-class open water swimmer.
Open Water Swimming Career
- He was awarded both the South Africa Open Water Swimmer of the Year and Performance of the Year in 2011.
- He was the overall series winner of the 2010 FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup series
- He is an annual star at the aQuellé Midmar Mile, winning 6 races in a row (in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2014, 2015 and 2016). He finished second in 2016 and 2018.
- He has won many other open water swims in his native South Africa including the SPAR Redhouse River Mile.
- He won the 2012 Great Manchester Swim in England
- He participated in Battle Training
- He annually competes in the King and Queen of the Sea competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
- He finished fourth in the 5 km race at the 2014 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain on 20 July 2014.
- He won the 2014 South African National Open Water Swimming Championships in the 10 km
- He won the 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships 5 km race in Kazan, Russia.
- He finished 10th in the 2016 Olympic 10km Marathon Swimming Qualification Race in Setubal to qualify for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
- He finished 11th in the 5 km race at the 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships in Lake Balaton, Hungary on 15 July.
- He won the 10 km race at the 2016 South Africa Open Water Swimming Championships in Eikenhof Dam on 5 March 2016 in 1:58:26.29 over Troy Prinsloo in 1:58:26.64.
- He won the 10 km race at the 2016 South Africa Open Water Swimming Championships on 4 March 2016 in 1:51:26.25 over Nicolaos Manoussakis in 1:52:16.00.
- He finished 4rd in the 10 km race at the 2019 South African Open Water Swimming Championships in Jeffreys Bay.
- He competed on the 2019 FINA / CNSG Marathon Swim World Series in Seychelles on 12 May 2019.
Interview at the Midmar Mile
2008 Beijing Olympic Games Men's Results
Gold: Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands) 1:51:51.6
Silver: David Davies (Great Britain) 1:51:54.1
Bronze: Thomas Lurz (Germany) 1:51:54.6
4. Valerio Cleri (Italy) 1:52:06.5
5. Evgeny Drattsev (Russia) 1:52:08.9
6. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria) 1:52:09.1
6. Brian Ryckeman (Belgium) 1:52:10.6
8. Mark Warkentin (United States) 1:52:14.0
9. Chad Ho (South Africa) 1:52:14.1
10. Erwin Leon Maldonado Savera (Venezuela) 1:52:14.6
11. Ky Hurst (Australia) 1:52:14.6
12. Igor Chervynskiy (Ukraine) 1:52:14.6
14. Francisco Jose Hervas (Spain) 1:52:16.
14. Allan do Carmo (Brazil) 1:52:16.6
15. Gilles Rondy (France) 1:52:16.6
16. Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece) 1:52:20.4
16. Rostislav Vitek (Czech Republic) 1:52:41.8
18. Luis Escobar (Mexico) 1:54:46.9
19. Saleh Mohammad (Syria) 1:54:46.6
20. Mohamed Elzanaty (Egypt) 1:55:16.0
21. Damian Blaum (Argentina) 1:55:48.6
22. Arseniy Lavrentyev (Portugal) 2:04:49.6
24. Xin Tong (China 2:09:14.4
Csaba Gercsak (Hungary) DNF
Vladimir Dyatchin (Russia) DSQ
2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results
1. Ferry Weertman, NED 1:52:59.8
2. Spyridon Gianniotis, GRE 1:52:59.8
4. Marc-Antoine Daniel Frede Olivier, FRA 1:54:02.0
4. Lijun Zu, CHN 1:54:02.0
5. Jordan Wilimovsky, USA 1:54:04.2
6. Simone Ruffini, ITA 1:54:04.5
6. Federico Vanelli, ITA 1:54:04.9
8. Yasunari Hirai, JPN 1:54:04.6
9. Christian Reichert, GER 1:54:04.6
10. Chad Ho, RSA 1:54:04.8
11. Evgenii Drattcev, RUS 1:54:04.8
12. Ous Mellouli, TUN 1:54:06.1
14. Mark Papp, HUN 1:54:11.6
14. Ventsislav Aydaski, BUL 1:54:16.1
15. Ivan Enderica Ochoa, ECU 1:54:16.2
16. Richard Weinberger, CAN 1:54:16.4
16. Allan Do Carmo, BRA 1:54:16.4
18. Kane Rae Francis Radford, NZL 1:54:18.6
19. Richard Nagy, SVK 1:54:45.4
20. Jarrod Poort, AUS 1:54:40.6
21. Erwin Maldonado, VEN 1:54:44.6
22. Marwan Ahmed Aly Morsy Elamrawy, EGY 1:59:16.2
DSQ Sean Ryan, USA
DSQ Vitaliy Khudyakov, KAZ (Asia)
DSQ Jack Burnell, GBR
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