It Took 72 Years, But Gordon Gridley Did It

It Took 72 Years, But Gordon Gridley Did It

72 years after professional swimmer Orson Spencer first set the record in Great Salt Lake from Antelope Island to Black Rock Beach in 3:40:52, Gordon Gridley set a new record for the 8.12-mile course in 3:24:37 to swim his way into the record books in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

What was most amazing is that before the record attempt, Gordon was able to speak to Orson’s wife who is now over 100 years old.

The finish was rather interesing. “When I got to the point where my hand was hitting the bottom on every stroke, I decided to wade in. It was still quite a way in, so my last tenth of a mile in to the finish was very slow.”

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