Saturday, June 27, 2009

Open Water Swimming Hero Of The Day

Sally Minty-Gravett of Great Britain and now living in the Island of Jersey was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2005.

Amazingly, Sally crossed the English Channel four times over the course of four sequential decades.

Sally swam 18.5K (11.5 miles) across Lake Windermere in 1874 and first swam in English Channel in 1975 in 11 hours and 57 minutes to win the Captain Webb Memorial trophy for the fastest British crossing of the year. She represented Jersey in the 25.7K (16-mile) Lake Windermere International Race in 1975, represented Great Britain in a 1977 8K (5-mile) race in Belgium and a 25.7K (16-mile) race in Holland. She swam 22.5K (14 miles) from Jersey to France in 1978 and swam the English Channel for the second time in 1985 in 15 hours and 3 minutes. She swam the English Channel, from France to England, for the third time in 12 hours and 8 minutes and swum 65.9K (41 miles) around Jersey in 10 hours and 47 minutes, both in 1992. She swam around Manhattan Island in New York in 7 hours and 19 minutes and swam around Sark in the Channel Islands in 4 hours and 25 minutes, both in 1999. In 2005, she swam the English Channel for the fourth time in 13 hours and 25 minutes in 2005.

She has trained 20 Round Jersey swimmers (66K or 41 miles) and 10 English Channel swimmers (to date).

Excerpt from 10Kswim.com.

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