Local oldie swims channel record

2014-09-07 09:36
Otto Thaning swimmimg the English Channel. (The Cape long distance swimming association)

Otto Thaning swimmimg the English Channel. (The Cape long distance swimming association)

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Cape Town -  A 73 year-old Otto Thaning from Cape Town, became the oldest swimmer to cross the English Channel this morning.

He completed the “Everest of Open Water Swimming” from Dover (England) to Wissant (France) in just under 13 hours. He covered a distance of 36km as the crow flies; however, the total distance was more than 45km due to tides and currents. 

The average water temperature was 18
°C and the swim was done wearing only a standard swimsuit, swimming cap and goggles, in accordance with English Channel rules and under the auspices of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation.

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