Australian swimmer Chloe McCardell swam across the channel for the 44th time on Wednesday. This is a record. McCardell, 36, calls the channel a “spiritual home.”
After about 34 kilometers and about 10 hours in the water, the swimmer reached the Pointe de la Courte Dune in northern France. Through her record, she says she wants to inspire girls and show them that anything is possible. Before diving into the waters in Kent, UK, she said: “I think women sometimes just don’t get enough recognition for their accomplishments. Having female examples has been great for me.”
A few days ago, McCardell swam for the 43rd time through the canal, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. She equaled the British record Alison Streeter.
McCardell did not learn to swim until she was eleven years old. In 2009 she crossed the channel for the first time. In 2015, she swam across the canal three times in a row, a feat that took about 37 hours.
The men’s record is Brett Kevin Murphy (72), who swam 34 times across the canal.
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