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Six Epic Swims, From the English Channel to the Gowanus Canal

Ninety years ago, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel. Here’s the scoop on her famous feat, plus a few more.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, swimming the English Channel was considered one of the toughest endurance tests in the world. By 1923, only five men had done it. And many believed that only a man could do it.

That changed on August 6, 1926, when Gertrude Ederle made the 21-mile (33-kilometer) swim from France to England. At 14 and a half hours, she also beat the record men’s time by two hours. (Read: “How Does the Body Endure Long Swims?”)

Sabrina Wiedmer: used to swimming against the tide

June 29th, 11.10am, Mull of Kintyre: Standing knee-deep in cold slippery seaweed, Sabrina Wiedmer taps the front of her goggles one last time, pulls her swimming cap tightly down over her ears, takes a deep breath, closes her eyes, then crawls gently forward into the deep water. 

She’s pointed towards Cushendun, on the Antrim Coast, 17km away. It’s actually the shortest stretch of water through the North Channel, the narrowest crossing from the eastern seaboard of Scotland to Northern Ireland. And it’s lethally dangerous.

John aims to swim every lake in Cumbria

John Mather is set to take the plunge and swim the entire length of Ullswater to celebrate the flood recovery of the Lake District and raise funds to keep local swimming facilities afloat.

The 61-year-old, of Thursby, near Carlisle, is no stranger to open water swimming having already swam the length of several other waters in the national park and he’s aiming to swim them all.

Q&A with Open Water Swimmer Grace Van Der Byl

By Melissa Berkay, Swimming World College Intern

World-class open water swimmer and national level pool swimmer Grace Van Der Byl is gearing up for a 36-mile marathon swim in New York this coming summer to add to her extensive list of swimming accomplishments. The 37-year-old is the world record holder, in both the men’s and women’s category, for the Catalina Channel solo crossing from Catalina Island to the California mainland and is an active observer for the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.

New Website on swimming legend

Message sent in by Daniel Couto

I have a great announcement - I am very happy to tell you that the official website of the former swimmer Abilio Couto came back with new features. Ending a 4-year period out of the web.

Couto is the father of Marathon Swimming in Brazil, former record holder of English Channel, first swimmer of the world to had the best time of the year (both E-F and F-E ) in English Channel and a International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree.

120 Attend Retirement Ceremony for German Great Thomas Lurz

About 120 children, women and men attended a retirement ceremony and final race for German Thomas Lurz, the most decorated open water swimmer of all-time, on a 2 km distance swim in the German river Main on Sunday.

Lurz retired from competitive swimming in May 2015. During his career, he won 27 German titles, five golds at European Championships, twelve World titles and a bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games, followed by a silver in the same event, the 10 km, at the London Olympics in 2012. “It was the best thing that could have happened to me. Swimming is a school of life. You compete, you doubt, you torture yourself – and you are always going back to the pool.” he said in an interview with the German publication Main Post in May 2015.

Adam Walker is invited as special guest at the Bosporus race

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Adam Walker celebrity guest...at the Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race on 26th July 2015 - Turkey.

Thousands of swimmers will take part in this increasingly popular 6,5 km open water race that starts in Kalıca, Asia.
Organised by the Turkish Olympic Committee, the event has been running for 26 years and where it began with 4 female entrants and 64 male entrants in 1989, this swim now welcomes thousands of swimmers from all around the World!
Adam is also very much looking forward to swimming the 6.5k route himself and be ready and waiting to congratulate the swimmers in Kurucesme as they finish their race!
Find out more about the Bosphorus Swim here>> and finishes in Kurucesme, Europe.

Summer to remember for Walsall swimmer as he takes on extreme challenges

A WALSALL swimmer is making it a summer to remember, and celebrating hitting 47, by taking on seven extreme fitness challenges in four weeks for charity.

Super swimmer Paul Bates, who has already swum the English Channel twice – and is set to swim it for a third time later in the year – has drawn up a list of tough events he will tackle during June and July as part of a mission to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

German Open Water Superstar Thomas Lurz Announces Retirement

On the eve of the Open Water Swimming Grand Prix in Cozumel, Mexico, the most-decorated German distance swimmer of all time has decided to call it quits; Thomas Lurz of SV Würzburg 05 sports club told the Main Post he would be stepping away from the sport. Lurz was named the FINA Open Water Swimmer of the Year in both 2013 and 2011 and the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) Swimmer of the Year in 2011, 2009, 2006, and 2005.

In December, Lurz said that he would finish his career in the Rio Olympic Games, but in his words, that timetable got moved up after he “”realized that (he) can no longer meet (his) high expectations.”