Grimsey breaks channel swim record
- Trent Grimsey, FINA’s top ranked Open Water swimmer, has broken the record for an unassisted solo crossing of the English Channel by a massive two minutes and 50 seconds.
The Queenslander began his 34-kilometre marathon at Dover in southern England at approximately 9:30am local time on Saturday (1830 AEST) and arrived at Cap-Gris-Nez, France in six hours 55 minutes flat, breaking Bulgarian Petar Stoychev’s record of six hours, 57 minutes 50 seconds.
“This achievement has long been a dream of mine and has capped off what can only be described as an absolutely stellar year for me and Australian open water swimming,” Grimsey, 24, said in a statement released by his team.
“Stoychev set the bar incredibly high, being the only person ever to swim the Channel in under seven hours, but having beaten him recently to become No.1 on the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Circuit, I knew he wasn’t invincible and that this record could be beaten.
“My preparation has been extreme, but it has truly been a team effort.
“I would not have been able to do this without the help of a great support crew, both here on the ground and back home.
“This includes an amazingly dedicated boat pilot Michael Oram, my coach Harley Connolly and everyone back at Lawnton Swim Club.”