The 24-year-old Grimsey finished the 2.9 km swim from Bayswater to the Viaduct Harbour in 35:09, more than a minute ahead of fellow Australian and two-time Olympian Ky Hurst and other elites including Codie Grimsey, Troy Prinsloo, and Phillip Rush.
Grimsey’s dominance was a mirror of his previous victory three weeks ago at the first stage of the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series in the State Paihia Classic. He was lightening fast on the extremely bumpy course when the event’s 1500 participants were battered around with winds of up to 30 knots. “This was probably as tough as any race I’ve done in terms of the conditions,” Grimsey said. “It is a lot harder to swim in the chop than in flat water, but I think it affected my competitors a bit more than me; I don’t mind it when it’s like this.”
Grimsey’s younger brother Codie finished third ahead of Prinsloo. The 27-year-old from Durban, who finished 12th at this year’s London Olympics marathon swim, found the going tough. “Today was quite physical and I didn’t really enjoy that,” said the 2-time South African Olympian. “I suppose if I want to carry on with open water, I’ve got to get used to it.”
The State Harbour Crossing was round two of this season’s six race series where 1500 swimmer took part. The last four races in the series are held in the New Year, in Wellington, Akaroa, Mount Maunganui and Takapuna.
Grimsey was among the 15 selected nominees for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year. His nomination reads, “Few individuals have had such a busy or successful year as professional marathon swimming champion Trent Grimsey. His Barraesque schedule required hundreds of thousands of air miles from his native Queensland to participate in the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix events, invitational swims and the English Channel. Not only did he win the overall FINA Grand Prix series with two gutsy wins at the 32 km Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean and the 34 km Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog in Canada, but he also broke the most iconic record with his 6 hour 55 minute English Channel crossing and the long-held Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy record in 6 hours 29 minutes. Along the way, he also competed in marathon swims in the 18.5 km BCT Gdynia Marathon in Poland, the 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe – Coronda in Argentina, and won the Oceanian Championships 10km in New Caledonia and a number of ocean swims in Australia and New Zealand. For his endurance to compete in races and travel to 4 continents, for his consistently positive outlook and his humble personality, for his record-breaking swims and numerous victories at the highest levels of the sport, Trent Grimsey is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.”
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