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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Milko Van Gool Sets Men's North Channel Record

Milko Van Gool, who already holds the record for the fastest swim across Lake Malawi in Africa, set his second open water swimming record as he blazed across the 21-mile North Channel in 10 hours 34 minutes.

In swimming from Ireland to Scotland, he took down one of the longest standing male open water swim standards on record. His time of the Dutch marathon swimmer bested Kevin Murphy's 11 hours 21 minute crossing set in way back in 1970 during the pre-GPS, pre-Facebook era.

43 years later, the European Union representative from the Netherlands set off from Donaghadee (Ireland) at 5:57 am and landed just north of Portpatrick Harbour (Scotland) nearly a half a day later. Milko enjoyed the first 3 hours under excellent conditions with flat, calm seas, but then the notorious North Channel kicked up some wind that simply got worse until high winds and sporadic torrential rainfall welcomed Milko for the last 3 hours.

The overall record for the North Channel was recently set by Michelle Macy early this month at 9 hours 34 minutes, but Milko's cold-water channel swim was made all the more impressive knowing that he lives in the warm-weather country of Malawi.

Photo shows Irish Long Distance Swimming Association observer Andrew Coyle, escort boat captain Quinten Nelson, Milko van Gool, and Irish Long Distance Swimming Association president Billy Wallace.

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