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Michelle WEBER
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC South Africa   
GenderWomen
Born28 Sep 1996 in Vereeniging, RSA
Height1.66 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Franschhoek, RSA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up open water swimming at age 11.
Why this sport?
"I was attracted to open water swimming because it was out of the ordinary."
Club / Team
Seals Swimming Club: South Africa
Name of coach
Graham Hill [national], RSA
General Interest
Nicknames
Mishi (eadp.co.za, 15 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
South African swimmer Chad Ho, US swimmer Katie Ledecky. (eadp.co.za, 15 Oct 2015; dailynews.openwaterswimming.com, 10 Feb 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (news24.com, 08 Mar 2021)
Other information
HEART SCARE
During the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, her heart began beating at more than 240 beats per minute. The problem was the result of adrenaline, and two weeks after the event she had a heart procedure. She was back in the water four weeks later. "It was scary. At first I was terrified. I thought I would have to stop swimming, but luckily I got to see a cardiologist just in time. I was really relieved. When I became excited or had a race my heart rate would go up, and then I would stop and just couldn't carry on. Most people have two major pathways to their heart. I had an extra one, so they just burnt it off and it's all back to normal." (southafrica.info, 04 Feb 2014; timeslive.co.za, 14 Jun 2016)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Individual Medley 2:21.83
17 2012 Istanbul, TUR 800m Freestyle 8:35.62
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:02.49
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
31 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10km 1:56:25.8
32 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km 59:54.6
15 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km - Team Relay 56:52.9
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km 59:27.5
12 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 56:05.3
19 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:59:28.7
18 2015 Kazan, RUS 5km - Team Time Trial 1:00:31.2
  2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km  DNF
  2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km  DNS
African Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2016 Bloemfontein, RSA 1500m Freestyle 17:55.43
1 2012 Nairobi, KEN 1500m Freestyle 16:46.46
1 2012 Nairobi, KEN 800m Freestyle 8:50.45
2 2012 Nairobi, KEN 200m Butterfly 2:20.41
1 2012 Nairobi, KEN 200m Freestyle 2:03.80
1 2012 Nairobi, KEN 400m Freestyle 4:19.60
1 2012 Nairobi, KEN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:55.54
1 2012 Nairobi, KEN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:39.57
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
42 2018   10km  
28 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 2:05:04.8
24 2018 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 2:02:30.80
22 2017   10km  
41 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:58:49.7
7 2017 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:37:43.11