The queen of Marina Martinique, Jessica Roux had a great swim in Setabul, Portugal yesterday and was the top African finisher in the 10 K Olympic qualifying swim, thereby earning her a slot in the marathon swim at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Roux and South Africa’s 2008 Beijing Olympian Natalie du Toit had a head to head battle for the entire race with Jessica Roux having to dig deep on the last lap to catch Du Toit, who was holding a 2 second lead at that stage of the race.
Only one swimmer from the continent of Africa could qualify for London 2012, so the South Africa swimmers were not only racing each other, but also the Egyptian swimmer Laila El Bassiouni.
Jessica is a multiple winner of the Steers Marina Mile and also swam her first 10 K in Jeffreys Bay at the beginning of 2010 at the Eastern Province Champs.
Her qualification now awaits ratification from Swim South Africa.
In the mens 10 K Olympic qualifier being held today, Troyden Prinsloo and Chad Ho will be battling it out to become the African qualifier for London 2012.
The two swimmers have had a few epic battles over the past two seasons, with a tie being declared at the South African 10 K Champs at Marina Martinique last year. Prinsloo edged out Ho, the 2010 World Champion, this year to claim the title of South African Champion.