Elite Athlete Development Programme Media Release
Meyer’s Midmar dream becomes
Durban – At the tender age of 18 years-old Matthew Meyer has
competed at an Olympic Games and has now won the coveted aQuellé
Midmar Mile title, a dream that he has had on his mind following
two close second place finishes.
The former Clifton College student, who represented South Africa
at the Rio Olympic Games in the 1500m freestyle, said that the
Midmar event was not his main focus, but the conditioning and
training he received from the Elite Athlete Development Programme
had left him well prepared for the race.
He was up against one of the legends of the Midmar Mile, Chad Ho,
who has won seven in a row, so to get one over the favourite was
a dream come true for the youngster.
“I have come second twice in the last two years so to finally get
the overall win is beyond my wildest dreams!” Meyer said.
“It was a goal of mine to beat Chad and I knew that it was going
to be an incredibly tough race with a bit of a chop which didn’t
suit me as much as Chad.
“I am a pool swimmer so to come and take on conditions like that
was tough but I am delighted that I was able to manage the
conditions and hold off Chad right at the end of the race.
“I would have loved some flatter conditions but I cannot
complain!” he mentioned.
Despite his prowess in the pool, Meyer’s power in open water was
on full display at Midmar Dam as he had to negotiate a fierce
charge from Ho right from the gun.
“Chad went really hard from the start which made the race a
little more difficult for me and I knew that I had to hold on for
the first 800m.
“When I had managed to stay with him I felt that there was going
to be a good chance that I could take him right at the end
“When I managed to get out of the water first and across the line
it was an incredible feeling. I had just beaten one of the
legends of the Midmar Mile!” he added.
The former Clifton College student does not put too much emphasis
on the Midmar Mile each year with his pool swimming career being
his main focus but getting back into the dam and taking on the
iconic race is something he enjoys.
“I just take the Midmar Mile as it comes, I don’t do anything
specific to prepare for it.
“It just so happened that I was able to get a break in my
training and pool racing to do it.
“The Grand Prix series is my main focus at the moment as I build
up towards the World Championships in Budapest later in the year.
“That’s the main goal for me this year and having the guys and
facilities at Prime to help me has been an incredible help.
“I spend quite a lot of time in the altitude room training when I
am at Prime,” added Meyer.
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South Africa at the 2016 Olympic Games, Matthew Meyer turned his
attention to the open water when he won his first aQuellé Midmar
Mile title recently.
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