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“Not the only one, but the first and the fastest”… 71 years after the first lady crossed the English Channel

Amman Today

publish date 1970-01-01 03:00:00

Florence Chadwick, the daughter of a San Diego, California, policeman born on November 9, 1918, has achieved hundreds of hard-to-make feats, claiming swimming records, according to channel swimming dover.

Florence Chadwick was the 12th woman to swim in the English Channel, beating Gertrude Ederless’s record, and the first woman to successfully cross, completing the crossing in 13 hours 23 minutes, in August 1950, and then completing the return trip from England to France on 11 September 1951 at 16 hours and 22 minutes, becoming the first woman to swim in both directions.


The day of crossing the Channel

The first woman to cross the Channel

Chadwick was the first woman to swim in the Catalina Channel, and she set a new record for both men and women, with a time of 13 hours and 42 minutes, as well as swimming in the Bosphorus, Dardanelles and Gibraltar, all in world records.

She swam from England to France in 1953, and her time was 14 hours 42 minutes. It also holds the women’s speed record from England to France with its October 1955 crossing of 13 hours 55 minutes. She was the first person to swim England to France three times.

World swimmer Florence Chadwick died on March 15, 1995, at the age of 76.

Florence Chadwick World Swimming
Florence Chadwick World Swimming

Florence Chadwick
Florence Chadwick

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