Kazan: South African Chad Ho won the men`s open water 5-kilometre gold medal at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan on Saturday.
Ho clocked 55 minutes 17.6 seconds to take first place ahead of Germany`s Rob Muffels in a photo finish. Matteo Furlan of Italy won the bronze medal in 55mins 20secs.
It was the first time that a South African swimmer had won gold in the open water events at the world championships.
Earlier, Haley Anderson of the United States won the women`s five kilometre gold.
The Olympic silver medallist over 10 kilometres timed 58 minutes 48.4 seconds to edge Greece`s Kalliopi Araouzou into second place with a time of 58mins 49.8secs.
The bronze went to Germany`s Finnia Wunram who clocked 58mins 51.0secs.