After Surviving Breast Cancer, Woman Becomes First Person To Swim English Channel Four Times Nonstop

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On Tuesday at 6:30 AM Sarah Thomas broke a record. The 37-year-old American became the first person ever to swim the English Channel four times back to back in a single marathon swim. More incredibly still, Thomas accomplished the incredible feat just a year after being treated for breast cancer.

According to the Daily Mail, Thomas completed the epic 84-mile swim in 54 hours and 13 minutes and was greeted with “champagne and M&Ms” by her team when she came ashore.


It wasn’t exactly perfect swimming weather either and according to the Daily Mail “Mrs Thomas faced windy and choppy conditions, busy shipping lanes and a pod of jellyfish throughout the swim […]”

For her part Thomas said the hardest part of the swim was dealing with the irritating effects of salt water, saying “it really hurts your throat, your mouth and your tongue.” She also nonchalantly mentioned that she “got stung in the face by a jellyfish” as well.

When she came ashore in Dover, Thomas described herself as “stunned” and “pretty numb.”

While the distance is meant to be roughly 80 miles, according to the BBC, due to strong tides Thomas actually swam closer to 130 miles.

In a video Thomas said that halfway through her swim, after already being in the water some 24 hours, she was sick and felt like giving up but her team and husband encouraged her to keep going. She credited her team for lending her their support in the Herculean effort.

Sarah Thomas beats breast cancer and sets record-breaking swim across English Channel

Sarah Thomas dedicated her record-breaking swim across the English Channel to cancer survivors. 💕

Posted by USA TODAY on Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Thomas had been training for the challenge for two years, and everything was thrown into doubt when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, according to the Daily Mail.

Thomas completed treatment in 2018 and dedicated her record-breaking swim to “all the survivors out there”.

h/t: Daily Mail

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