Australian marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel breaks record for number of successful Channel crossings

Melbourne Marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel set a new Channel swim record after completing her 44th crossing on Wednesday.

McCardel arrived at the Pointe de la Courte Dune in the French commune of Audinghen after a 10 hour and 1 minute swim from Kent in the south-east of England.

“I’m buzzing right now,” she said. “I had very favorable conditions… I was really able to enjoy and soak up every minute, because I was not stoned by the Channel, so I have energy, I feel good.

“Yeah, that’s really, really amazing.”

Chloe McCardel has swam the world’s busiest sea lanes 44 times. (Getty: PA / Gareth Fuller)

The 36-year-old had already surpassed the men’s world record of 34 Channel crossings in 2020.

She then improved her idol Alison Streeter’s record of 43 crossings on Wednesday in what was her seventh successful Channel crossing of the year.

McCardel told RN Breakfast she’s been chasing the record for “a good five years.”

“You have to do it for love,” she said.

Chloe McCardel swims at sunrise, with silhouettes of ships on the horizon
Swims are tidal-dependent, meaning night crossings were scheduled during Chloe McCardel’s record-breaking race.(Getty: PA / Gareth Fuller)

“Marathon swimming is such an amazing and exciting sport. You are in nature… I find it so fascinating. “

Now that she has the file, she said she was unlikely to return.

Chloe McCardel stands on rocks in her swimsuit with her arms in the air
Chloe McCardel’s last swim lasted 10 hours and 1 minute.(Getty: PA / Gareth Fuller)

“This record is truly the most prestigious and I’m just too happy to have it now.”

McCardel also holds the record for the longest unassisted ocean swim, a 124 km hike from South Eleuthera Island to Nassau in the Bahamas while in 2015 she conquered a triple nonstop Channel crossing, in nearly 37 hours.

McCardel’s record perpetuates Australia’s love for Channel swimming.

Australian Trent Grimsey holds the record for the fastest crossing of all time, at 6 hours and 55 minutes, which he set in 2012.

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