Sunday, August 24, 2008

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame 2008 Class

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame welcomed 8 inductees to its 2008 class including Edith van Dijk of the Netherlands (swimmer).

Edith was named Swimming World Magazine’s World Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year five times. Between 1995 and 2005, she won two silver medals at the 25K European Championships and two gold medals at the Potsdam 10K and 25K European Championships. She competed at every FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships from 1998 to 2005, winning the 2000 25K championship in Honolulu, the 2002 25K championship in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the 2003 25K championship in Barcelona and the 2005 25K championships n Montreal. She won silver medals in the 2001 25K championships and the 2004 25K championships in Dubai. She won a total of 14 World Championship medals, including six golds. She won the FINA World Cup Series in 2000, 2001 and 2005 and won professional races of 57K in Argentina, 30K in Macedonia, 32K in Traversee Internationale du Lac St-Jean in Canada and 34K Traversee Internationale du Lac Memphremagog in Canada and 10K races n London and the Suez Canal. Edith is the Dutch national record holder for the 10K and swam the English Channel in 9 hours in 2003.

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