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Re: Escape from Alcatraz
May 24, 2006, 07:15
Re: Escape from Alcatraz May 24, 2006, 07:15
May 24, 2006, 07:15
> Yeah but as a seven year old... pretty impressive.

Not really. 1.4 miles in 47 minutes is not that fast, simply endurance. Especially if the water is warm and calm.

Try these for the English channel:
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In July 1972, Lynne Cox became the youngest person to swim the English Channel at age fifteen, breaking both the men's and women's records. She swam the channel again in 1973, setting a new record time of nine hours and thirty-six minutes.

The oldest male swimmer to cross is American George Brunstad, who was aged 70 years and 4 days when he crossed on the 27th and 28th of August 2004, taking 15 hours 59 min.

The fastest swim of the channel was by Christof Wandratsch in 2005. He crossed the channel in 7 hours 3 minutes and 52 seconds.

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