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Happy Ho looks ahead to 2020

2016-08-16 22:06
Chad Ho (Getty)

Rio de Janeiro - South Africa's Chad Ho is pleased with his 10th place finish in the men's open water swim at the Rio Olympics. 

At Fort Copacabana on Tuesday, Ho swam to a time of 1:53:04.8, finishing just five seconds behind Dutch winner Ferry Weertman. 

The finish was ridiculous, with seemingly nothing separating Weertman from Spiros Gianniotis (Greece) in second. 

Ho finished 9th at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and failed to qualify for London 2012.

"I definitely wanted a top 10 or even to be in the mix for the medals," said Ho after the race.

"Five seconds behind the winner is nothing. I can't ask for anything more.

"I'm happy with how the race went. Conditions were ideal ... not too flat or too rough.

"I was feeling good the whole way."

Ho, now 26, is far from done.

"I definitely see another four years and another Olympics in me, so that's the long-term plan," he said.

"I'll get home ow and have a break; the body needs a rest and then we'll start thinking about the future."

Lloyd Burnard is Sport24's correspondent in Rio de Janeiro for the duration of the 2016 Olympics ...

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