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.
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.
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.