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Daniel MARAIS
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC South Africa   
GenderMen
Born10 Sep 1992 in Cape Town, SAF
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Cape Town, RSA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming competitively at age eight and by 14 he was a senior national swimmer.
General Interest
Nicknames
Danie (midmarmile.co.za, 11 Feb 2019)
Hero / Idol
South African swimmer Chad le Clos, Hungarian swimmer Laszlo Cseh, Tunisian swimmer Oussama Mellouli. (Twitter profile, 19 Jun 2018; eadp.co.za, 20 Aug 2015)
Injuries
He broke his collarbone in a surfing accident early in 2018. He returned to training three months later. (Twitter profile, 25 Mar 2018; Instagram profile, 03 Jan 2018)

He struggled with a right shoulder complaint in 2015. (Instagram profile, 08 Aug 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination." (speedo.co.za, 07 Feb 2016)
Other sports
He has represented South Africa in pool swimming, and won gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2010 African Championships in Casablanca, Morocco. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Dec 2018)
Famous relatives
His mother competed in swimming for South Africa at international level. (eadp.co.za, 20 Aug 2015)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
30 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10km 1:50:14.2
15 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km - Team Relay 56:52.9
22 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km 55:04.1
12 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 56:05.3
  2015 Kazan, RUS 10km  DNF
27 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 53:51.0
11 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km - Team Time Trial 56:34.7
32 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km 59:46.9
32 2009 Rome, ITA 5 km 58:21.9
African Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2010 Casablanca, MAR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:29.21
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
110 2019   10km  
24 2019 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 1:57:48.60
22 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:53:41.2
African Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2010 Casablanca, MAR 5 km 40:51.31