Friday, November 13, 2009

Ersin Aydin, Doing It For the Fatherland

Ersin Aydin, the only inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame from Turkey, successfully swam the English Channel twice and in both directions.

He swam from France to England in 16 hours and 40 minutes in 1975 and from England to France in 13 hours and 40 minutes in 1977.


According to Sports Illustrated in 1973, Ersin ate 14 lamb chops, 13 chocolate bars, 20 cheese sandwiches, nearly eight pounds of peaches, 25 glasses of tea and three jars of honey while swimming 43 hours and 20 minutes while becoming the first person to swim from Turkey to the island of Cyprus, a total of 60 miles (96K). "I've done it for the Fatherland," he is to have reportedly explained.

In addition to his English Channel and Cyprus swim, Ersin completed many solo marathons and current-assisted swim from 20-75 miles (32-120K) in the Sea of Marmara, the Black Sea, the Nile River, the Bosphorus Strait and the Dardanelles.

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