Chloe McCardel, a 36-year-old Australian swimmer, crossed the Channel between France and England for the 44th time, setting a new record.
She thus beats the previous record of 43 crossings, of which she was co-holder with the British swimmer. Alison Streeter.
“I’ve been waiting a long time to be able to celebrate this crossingsaid Chloe McCardel, wrapped in an Australian flag.
After setting off from the English coast at dawn, she arrived at the Pointe de la courte dune near Calais, in northern France, after about ten hours of swimming to complete the crossing of nearly 34 kilometers.
One of the busiest sea routes in the world, the English Channel experiences changes in current, which means additional distance for swimmers to cover.
Chloe McCardel, who grew up near Melbourne and lives in Sydney, took the plunge to storm the record despite a respiratory infection she mentioned on Facebook on Monday.
She indicated that she nevertheless felt “really good“.
“It was really a tough crossing, but I held on“she said.
In August 2020, she had broken the men’s world record for the number of Channel crossings with 35 swims in the waters of the Strait.
In 2016, she completed the longest unassisted solo race approved by the Marathon Swimmers Federation, covering 124 kilometers in the Bahamas.