Melissa Gorman from Brisbane, and Hervey Bay’s Ella Kleinschmidt and Ruby Elder came first, second and third respectively in the Open women’s section of the Pier to Pub.
Melissa Gorman from Brisbane, and Hervey Bay’s Ella Kleinschmidt and Ruby Elder came first, second and third respectively in the Open women’s section of the Pier to Pub. Karleila Thomsen

Bay win caps off Olympics prep

MELISSA Gorman was never going to be beaten.

But the 26-year-old wasn't content with just winning the women's race of the 14th annual Hervey Bay Surf Lifesaving Club Pier to Pub ocean swim on Saturday.

The London Olympic gold medal hopeful had her sights set on becoming the first woman to win the 3.4km race from Urangan Pier to the Torquay jetty outright.

"I like to win, it doesn't matter if I'm against boys or against girls," she said.

"I try to get the best out of myself in every race."

Despite never giving up and leaving nothing in the tank, Gorman was disappointed she couldn't pull off the remarkable feat.

"I would have liked to have stayed up a few of the top boys, but they took off a little bit at the start, so I didn't have much chance to catch them," she said.

Gorman's chances of being first across the line was slim to begin with.

It wasn't helped when she almost overshot the turn in to the beach and the finish.

"I didn't have any idea where I was going," she confessed.

"I thought I had another buoy to go but then I saw the boys turn in to the beach.

"I almost missed it."

Gorman completed the race in 34min 50sec, nearly four seconds ahead of Ella Kleinschmidt.

With the Olympic Games less than 100 days away, Gorman, who will contest the 10km swim in London, said the Pier to Pub ocean swim was a welcome break from the rigours of preparation for the Games.

"Most of my training is done in the pool so it's great to go out on a weekend and do these ocean swims," she said.

"Every swim is different and they all offer something unique."

It was the first time the ocean water warrior had participated in the event and she said she enjoyed the experience.

"It was a really nice swim and great weather," she said.

"Everyone has been very nice and friendly."

Locals were also keen to extend their well-wishes to the London-bound swimmer.

"I'm really looking forward to the London Olympics," Gorman said.

"It's coming up really quickly, but it should be a lot of fun."



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