Young stars shine at Lorne Pier to Pub

The 1.2km ocean race in Victoria, Australia is in its 38th year, attracting nearly 5,000 competitors who swim from Lorne Pier to the foreshore in front of the GMHBA clubhouse.

Gregorio Paltrineri Mack Horton And Sam Sheppard

Gregorio Paltrineri, Mack Horton and Sam Sheppard

Olympic Champion Australian Mack Horton and his training partner and also an Olympic gold medallist Italy’s Gregori Paltrini were amongst the competitors. This was Horton’s third race appearance. Last year he was pipped to the winning post by seven-time race champion Sam Sheppard.

Hayden  Cotter 2

Hayden Cotter leaps out of the water

This year it was a new name that took the Pier to Pub title – Hayden Cotter in a registered time of 10.54 and Horton finishing just seconds behind in 10.59. Paltrinieri finished third in 11.03, and Sheppard dropped to sixth place this year. Lani Pallister was first woman home in a time of 11.45. Lani is the 15-year-old national age champion for the 200/400/800 Freestyle and won six golds at the Australian Surf Championships in 2017. Defending champion Harriet Brown was second with US lifeguard Kelsey Cummings rounding out the top three.

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Jonathan is a year-round skins swimmer with a particular love of very cold water. He has competed in ice swimming competitions around the world. He is a qualified open water coach with a particular love of introducing new swimmers to the open water.