Australian marathon swimmer Chloë McCardel has broken the men’s world record for the most English Channel crossings, after completing her 35th crossing today, Sunday 16 August (Australian Eastern Standard Time). 

The 35-year-old Sydneysider took 10 hours and 40 minutes to complete the gruelling 34-kilometre crossing. It is her fourth crossing in the past 16 days.

“I’m so happy to have finished my 35th crossing. Thanks so much to everyone on my boat today and everyone back home in Australia, your support has been amazing. I can’t wait to come home and thank everyone personally,” McCardel said.

“I’m really happy it’s done! I feel so elated to have finished that swim and to surpass the men’s world record. It was a harder swim that I imagined. There was a chance the swim was going to be cancelled because of heavy mist which can make channel swimming unsafe. Luckily, we managed and got through the mist. There are definite aches and pains, so it was a tough day in the office but super happy to finally hit 35.”

McCardel was granted an exemption to leave Australia under current COVID-19 restrictions to pursue the world record.  

She adds her new world record to an impressive collection of records including the world record for the longest unassisted ocean swim (124.4km in 2014); crossing the Channel more than any other Australian (after surpassing swimming legend Des Renford’s record of 19 crossings in 2016) and being the only Australian ever to have completed a triple crossing of the Channel (2015). 

The achievement means she has moved to second on the overall world record list, behind retired English swimmer Alison Streeter MBE who has completed the crossing 43 times. 

McCardel will return to Australia in coming weeks.

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