Why Women Excel at Marathon Swimming

Officially, marathon swimming is any open swim over 10km long where no wetsuits are allowed, just a normal swimsuit, goggles and a thin cap. One of the earliest known marathon swims was one of the classics: Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the English Channel in 1875.

A few decades later, in 1926, Gertrude Ederle accomplished perhaps the most famous marathon swim in history: At just 19 years old, she became the first woman to swim the Channel and smashed the world record in the process.

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