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The birth of channel swimming?

On this day in 1875 Matthew Webb set off from Dover to start what would become the first ever successful channel swim – he arrived in Calais less than 22 hours later after what turned out to be about a 39 mile swim.

It could be said that that swim set in motion the open water swimming movement (certainly the channel swimming movement). So, Matthew Webb, thank you.

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