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Mack Horton swaps the pool for the ocean ahead of the Pier to Pub

Mack Horton is set to swap the pool for the ocean ahead of Lorne’s famous Pier to Pub.

The Olympic gold medalist has tackled the 1.2km open-water swim before, finishing second in 2015.

Horton told Sports Today ocean swims are nothing like the controlled environment of a pool.

‘The start’s always rough,’ he said.

‘There’s always a bit of argy-argy. You just have to get out in front of everyone so they can’t touch you.’

Horton said navigation is an issue for open swims.

‘If there was a black line on the bottom of the ocean, that’d be nice!’

The 37th Pier to Pub race will be held on Saturday, January 7.

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