Seidler back in training

Flippy takes aim

12 February 2021 | Sports

Phillip Seidler; Open water swimmer; “I am preparing to qualify for the Olympics.”


Swakopmund • [email protected]


Open water swimmer Phillip Seidler returned to training after a shoulder injury that he sustained during last year’s Jetty Mile in Swakopmund.

The eight-time Jetty Mile winner, who also holds the competition record, expressed his excitement at being back in the water. “I am happy to be back training again after my shoulder injury. Let's get it!” Seidler posted on Facebook.

Seidler won the competition consecutively from 2013 to 2020. He also managed to smash his own record, which currently stands at 18 minutes and 33 seconds – a record he set in 2019.

Seidler damaged his shoulder as he was about to launch into the ocean at the beginning of the Jetty Mile last year. Despite the injury, he kept swimming, completed and won the race in a time of 20 minutes and 10 seconds.

Seidler confirmed that he is preparing to qualify for this year’s Summer Olympic Games. “I am preparing to qualify for the Olympics. I’ve been back in training for two weeks. It’s been tough, but I am working hard to build up my strength and fitness levels.”

Although his shoulder is in optimal condition, Seidler adjusted his training routine to give the muscle in his shoulder more strength. “The shoulder is at 100% again, but we are also doing some rehab work in my gym programs to improve its condition,” Seidler said.

Although there is not yet a specific date or location due to the uncertainty caused by Covid-19, the Olympic qualifiers are set to start at the end of May. Seidler will compete in the 10km open water swimming code and needs to come first for Africa to qualify for the 2021 event. This comes after the 2020 Summer Olympic Games slated for Tokyo, Japan, were postponed to 2021 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The games are scheduled to start on 23 July and conclude on 8 August.

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