IT CAME down to mere seconds but Matt Pegg made the biggest splash at the Fujifilm Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim on Sunday.
The Brisbane swimmer clocked the 2km ocean swim in just 23.49 minutes, edging out runner-up Drew Box by just four seconds.
Pegg bettered the biggest ocean swim field on record, beating more than 340 swimmers to win the open title.
Grace Musgrove claimed the open women's prize after clocking 25.38, finishing ahead of triathlon star Emma Jackson.
Former Olympic swimmer Susie O'Neill also took part in the race, winning the 40-49 women's title.
Closer to home it was a successful outing for former Proserpine local Bruce Muller, who won the 60-69 men's.
Airlie Beach young gun Ivan Van Zyl finished eighth overall and second in the 13-19 men's category.
More than 150 spectators watched at Whitehaven Beach on Sunday morning as the annual ocean swim recorded its biggest ever field.
Open: Men - Matt Pegg; women - Grace Musgrove
70+ years: Men - Geoff Robinson
60-69: Men - Bruce Muller; women - Liz Crilly
50-59: Men - John Barrett; women - Daphne Briggs
40-49: Men - Neil McDonald; women - Susie O'Neill
30-39: Men - Kenneth Clark; women - Elisha Smith
20-29: Men - Andrew O'Connor; women - Angela Boustred
13-19: Men - Kai Van Kool; women - Georgia Smith
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.