Aussie’s triple Channel epic swim ends early
Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel’s attempt to cross the English Channel three times this weekend has failed during the final leg.
AUSTRALIAN swimmer Chloe McCardel’s attempt to cross the English Channel three times this weekend has failed during the final leg.
The 27-year-old marathon swimmer was hoping to break the women’s world record set in 1990 by covering more than 112 kilometres non-stop over 30 hours.
But instead of crossing the finish line on Sunday night, she ended the bold attempt early due to worsening temperatures and conditions.
McCardel started in Dover and swam to the French coast before returning to England in 19 hours and 20 minutes.
But she stopped swimming approximately two hours into the final return to France, when the seas became extremely cold and concerns for her safety were raised.
“This is very disappointing for the whole team, and Chloe is completely shattered,” McCardel’s husband Paul said in a statement.
“However, above all else, Chloe’s safety is paramount, and despite her determination and ability, the conditions are not suitable to continue.”
McCardel, who has completed more crossings of the English Channel than any other Australian woman, was seeking to be the first Australian to make the triple crossing and one of only four swimmers worldwide to do so.
She will spend 24 hours recuperating before deciding on when to re-attempt a triple crossing of the English Channel. - AAP