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Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Double In The Triple Crown

Antonio (Toño) Argüelles of Mexico holds a unique position in the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming: he is the only person to do it twice.

He originally completed his first Triple Crown in 1999 and repeated it within one calendar year in 2009. Antonio completed the Triple Crown after his 7:56 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 7:56 in 1998, a 12:25 crossing of the Catalina Channel in July, 1999 and a 18:19 crossing of the English Channel in August, 1999.

Toño repeated his Triple Crown feat in 2009 when he completed a Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in June, a July crossing of the Catalina Channel and a English Channel crossing in 12:54 on September.

As Toño says, "We all have a channel to cross: for some, that is the English Channel; for others, it is 30 minutes of daily exercise; and for some, it is not to quit school." Toño's feats make it 36 athletes total in marathon swimming history to complete the English Channel, Catalina Channel and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim:

1. Allison Streeter (UK)
2. Taranath Narayan Shenoy (India)
3. Rick Barthels (USA)
4. Bob West (USA)
5. Peter Urrea (USA)
6. Carol Sing (USA)
7. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) (twice, in 1999 and 2009)
8. Nick Olmos-Lau (Mexico)
9. T. Scott Coleman (USA)
10. Rebecca Jackman (USA)
11. Kevin Murphy (UK)
12. Kathleen Wilson (USA)
13. Forrest Nelson (USA)
14. Andrew Hewitt (USA)
15. David Blanke (USA)
16. Elizabeth Fry (USA)
17. Marcia Cleveland (USA)
18. Bill Hoehn (USA)
19. Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey Island, UK)
20. James Pittar (Australia)
21. Scott Richards (USA)
22. Andrew "Alan" Voisard (USA)
23. Tina Neil (USA)
24. Rendy Lynn Opdycke (USA)
25. Michelle Davidson (USA)
26. Michelle Macy (USA)
27. Tom Hecker (USA)
28. Erica Moffett (USA)
29. Nancy Steadman-Martin (USA)
30. Michelle Davidson (USA)
31. Michael Miller (USA)
32. Nick Adams (UK)
33. Elaine Kornbau Howley (USA)
34. Stephen Autry (USA)
35. Jeffrey Cleveland (USA)
36. Sakura Hingley (UK)

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