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Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel sets world record – crosses English Channel for record 44th time

The Australian marathon swimmer is the first person in the world to cross the English Channel 44 times. 

Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel sets world record – crosses English Channel for record 44th time

Chloe McCardel arrived in Pointe de la Courte Dune in the French commune of Audinghen after taking over 10-hours from Kent, England.

“I’m buzzing right now. I feel like I could go again and swim the Channel tomorrow. That’s not a very good idea. I had very favourable conditions, so I’m not exhausted and warn out, which I often am after swimming the Channel, which was nice. I really got to enjoy and soak in every minute, because I wasn’t getting bashed around by the Channel, so, I’ve got energy, I feel great. Yeah, it’s really, really amazing.” said the World Record holder.

The 36-year-old had already surpassed the men’s world record of 34 Channel crossings in 2020, before bettering her idol Alison Streeter’s record of 43 crossings.

Asked if she was keen for a 45th time, McCardel replied  “Not a chance! I came here this season to break the amazing Alison Streeter’s world record. She was queen of the Channel at the start of the season. I’m very happy. This is now my seventh crossing this season. To call it a day, potentially call it a lifetime of English Channel swimming, done and dusted. I’ve got the crown, I’m really happy. I still admire Alison Streeter so much and I think it’s because I admire her so much that I went after this record because of my great respect for her. So, I’m really happy to just go ahead of Alison Streeter. If she does come back to Channel swimming though, then you’ll be seeing me again and we’ll be going out there again and yeah, I’ll be back.”

McCardel also holds the record of longest unassisted ocean swim, a 124km (77 miles) trek from South Eleuthera Island to Nassau in the Bahamas, while in 2015 she conquered a non-stop triple crossing of the Channel, taking almost 37 hours.

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