Trent Grimsey is the King of the Sea for the third time in three tries. The Australian dynamo continued his run over the elite professional marathon swimming world with a strategic race on nationally televised race on Copacabana beach.

Grimsey won the 4 km ocean spectacular in 41:24 over Allan do Carmo of Brazil, largely due to a huge fourth lap [of five loops].

My strategy worked before, so I tried it again and it worked to perfection.

Grimsey swam purposefully to the back of the back, taking his time to get in the water and drafting skillfully behind the large pack. “I skipped my feeding on the fourth loop because I was feeling a bit sick and I had a lot of carbohydrates. We pushed it on the fourth and fifth lap and I wanted to be leading going into the last lap. It is harder to catch up a whole body.”

The split times for the lead swimmer were as follows:

Loop 1: Chad Ho in 8:24
Loop 2: Lucas Kanieski in 8:26
Loop 3: Chad Ho in 7:57
Loop 4: Trent Grimsey in 7:02
Loop 5: Trent Grimsey in 7:53

Following behind was Olympic champion Ous Mellouli who finished seventh and who took a long vacation after London and who admittedly was not up to par. “You can’t fake this. I felt good on the second and third loops and I gave it all I had. But you gotta be trained, fit and ready to compete at this level. It was challenging – this race challenges you in so many ways. You can’t control your pace.

But [next year] I will be baaaaacccckkkkkk,” predicted the Tunisian star with a twinkle in his eye.

The final results and more details and video will follow after the conclusion of the women’s Queen of the Sea race.

1. Trent Grimsey (AUS) 41:24
2. Allan do Carmo (BRA) 41:25
3. Chad Ho (RSA) 41:26
4. Valerio Cleri (ITA) 41:30
5. Luis Rogerio Arapiraca (BRA) 41:32
6. Samuel de Bona (BRA) 41:33
7. Ous Mellouli (TUN) 41:41
8. Alexander Studzinski (GER) 41:45
9. Lucas Kanieski (BRA) 44:54
10. Rafael Gonçalves (BRA) 44:56

Photo shows Trent Grimsey taking the lead on the fourth loop.

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