Ultra-marathon swim­mer aims for quadru­ple cross­ing of English Chan­nel

New Straits Times - - World -


AN Aus­tralian swim­mer plans to at­tempt a world-first non-stop quadru­ple cross­ing of the icy English Chan­nel, a tor­tur­ous feat never be­fore tried and widely con­sid­ered im­pos­si­ble.

Chloe McCardel, ar­guably the great­est ultra-marathon swim­mer ever, is aim­ing to set off on the 136km odyssey on Aug 29, depend­ing on the weather.

It is likely to take her at least 48 hours.

The 32-year-old has swum the Chan­nel 21 times, in­clud­ing be­com­ing the first Aus­tralian and only the fourth per­son ever to com­plete a triple cross­ing in 2015, 27 years af­ter it was last achieved.

She also holds records for the world’s long­est unas­sisted ocean swim (124.4km in 41.5 hours) and the world’s most Chan­nel cross­ings

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