What made the world's first swim across the English Channel?
When it comes to the English
Channel there are many firsts and all kinds of records that have been set. Here
is a list of the firsts centered on the English Channel.
The first attempt to swim the English Channel was
in 1872 by J.B. Johnson of England. He gave up after one hour and 3 minutes.
The first single handed swim crossing of the
English Channel was completed in 1875 by Captain Paul Boyton of the US in an
inflatable rubber suit. The swim took 23 ½ hours.
The first man to swim the English Channel was
Matthew Webb from England on August 24, 1875. It took him 21 ¾ hours.
The first man confirmed to swim the Channel from
France to England was Enrico Tiraboschi from Argentina. He crossed the channel
in 16 ½ hours on August 12, 1923.
The first woman to swim the English Channel was
Gertrude Ederle from the United States in 1926.
The first man to swim the English Channel and back again was E. H. Temme from
England in 1927.
The first woman to swim the English Channel and
back again was Florence Chadwick of the United States in 1951.
The oldest person to swim the English Channel was
Clifford Batt of Australia at age 67 in 1987.
The youngest person to swim the English Channel was
Thomas Gregory of England at age 11 in 1988.
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