A 29-year-old South Perth woman has won the first ever Port to Pub Rottnest swim.
Sian Williams finished to 20km solo category in a time of four hours and 57 minutes, coming in 18 minutes ahead of the first male finisher.
“I felt a bit lonely all by myself for most of the race. I was nervous about the unexpected and how my body would pull up,” she said.
“I only seriously started training six weeks ago.”
Swimming legend Shelley Taylor-Smith, who sounded the starting horn for solo swimmers, said it was great to see a woman finish first.
“It shows you women can match men in endurance events. Racing against men brings the best out in women,” she said.