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Six Dutch swimmers crossing the English Channel in relay have broken the national record

Het oorspronkelijke artikel is geplaatst op RNW sinds 31 August 2010 - 2:47pm

The team, led by Richard Broer, swam from France to England (eds. Bikkels: the other way around!) across the Channel in just under nine hours. The former Dutch record was nine hours and 29 minutes, over a distance of approx. 34 kms.

The relay swimmers' attempt was helped by a favourable wind. Mr Broer told reporters that the sea water had a temperature of 16.5 degrees Celsius and the sea was moderate (eds. Bikkels: wind was moderate! sea not!), which made it more agreeable in the water than out. One of the off-duty swimmers fell seasick on the supply vessel but felt better when he was back in the water.

Although the Dutch record was broken by the six-man team, the world record still stands. It was established in 1990 by the US national swimming squad, and is at 6 hours, 52 minutes.