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A concise visual history of English Channel swimming

A Short History of ENGLISH CHANNEL SWIMMING also known as La Manche, The Dover Strait and The Narrow Sea 21 miles wide between Dover and Cap Gris Nez THE PIONEER ERA 1875 On his 2nd attempt Captain Matthew Webb, using breaststroke, swims the Channel in 22 hours and 45 mins, landing at Calais on the 25th of August & becomes a global sensation 1905 Three decades later Thomas Burgess 1926 becomes the 2nd to cross after 14 unsuccessful attempts 1927 Gertrude Ederle becomes 1st woman & sets new record of 14 hrs & 29 mins, is 1st person using front crawl & swimming googles The Channel Swimming Association is formed to regulate & sanction swims, in part response to a fraudulent claim THE GOLDEN ERA 1934 Edward Temme is 1st person to 1950'S successfully cross in both directions The Billy Butlin's Cross Channel races are held capturing 1953 international attention Florence Chadwick is 1st woman to 1961 successfully cross in both directions 1981 Antonio Abertondo is 1st person to complete a 2-way non-stop English Channel swim Jon Erikson is 1st person to complete a 3-way non-stop English Channel swim 1989 1993 Vicki Keith is 1st person to cross the English Channel using butterfly stroke Haydn Welch is 1st person to cross the English Channel using backstroke THE MODERN ERA 1995 1999 The Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation is formed as 2nd sanctioning organistation France bans English Channel swimming from the French side 1995 Alison Streeter becomes current Queen 2006 of the Channel with 43 crossings Kevin Murphy becomes current King of the Channel with 34 crossings 2012 Trent Grimsey sets new English Channel record of 6 hrs & 55 mins 2014 The average crossing time is 13 hrs, 28 mins & 29 secs 1426 swimmers have crossed successfully in 139 years LoneSwimmer.com The world's most popular non-commercial open water swimming blog

A concise visual history of English Channel swimming

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This infographic outlines some of the highpoints of the long history of English Channel swimming

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