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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Chloë McCardel Inducted In Marathon Hall Of Fame

Courtesy of Chris Guesdon, Chairman of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

Chris Guesdon, Chairman of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, announced two separate honors for the renowned marathon swimmer Chloë McCardel of Australia.

The honors came with little surprise given McCardel's track record of success over the last few years.

There are arguably no one in the channel swimming world who has done as much in the recent past - or who will do so much in the future - as the 31-year-old Australian.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame voted McCardel in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer and as the International Swimming Hall of Fame simultaneously honored McCardel with its Poseidon Award for her most recent English Channel crossings.

In addition to one of the most prolific seasons in channel swimming history that culminated in a three-way 36 hour 12 minute crossing of the English Channel (the fourth in history), McCardel also spent significant time and energy training, coaching and inspiring groups of English Channel relay swimmers and soloists.

Her 3-way swim followed 3 separate solo crossings of the English Channel within 6 days and 3 hours: an 8 hour 52 minute crossing that occurred on a Monday, a subsequent 9 hours 56 minute crossing completed on the following Thursday, and a 9 hour 48 minute crossing on the next Sunday.

McCardel also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars with her charity swims and spent the time motivating and promoting the sport as one of its most visible ambassadors, appearing on television and radio and appearing in numerous magazines and newspapers across the Commonwealth and around the world.

Over the course of her career, McCardel has completed a total of 13 English Channel crossings, including 2 two-way crossings and 1 three-way crossing. In 2010, she won the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 7 hours 53 minutes, winning in a dramatic 5-second victory over second-place Jaime Caballero of Spain.

She also completed an unprecedented 124.4 km (77.3 miles) marathon swim from Lighthouse Beach on the southern tip of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas to Nassau in 41 hours 21 minutes in 2014.

But what is most intriguing about the young Australian - the youngest in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame - is the fact that she undoubtedly has decades more to add to her legacy.

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