SARAH Thomas is the first person to swim the English channel four times, spending an impressive 54 hours in the water.
The breast cancer survivor dedicated her swim to “all the survivors out there,” here’s everything you need to know about the open water ultra marathon swimmer.
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Who is Sarah Thomas?
Sarah Thomas, 37, is an American breast cancer survivor who today, September 17, became the first person to swim the channel; four times non-stop.
The open water ultra marathon swimmer completed cancer treatment last year.
Her support team said she uses “swimming as her means of coping with the [cancer] treatment”.
n a Facebook post made on Saturday, she dedicated the swim to “to all the survivors out there.”
She added: “This is for those of us who have prayed for our lives, who have wondered with despair about what comes next, and have battled through pain and fear to overcome.
“This is for those of you just starting your cancer journey and those of you who are thriving with cancer kicked firmly into the past, and for everyone in between.”
When did Sarah Thomas swim the English channel?
Sarah Thomas completed her first open-water event in 2007 and first swam across the Channel in 2012 and then again in 2016.
Today, September 17 she swam the channel four times non-stop, spending 54 hours in the water.
The swim was due to be about 80 miles but because of the tides Ms Thomas ended up swimming closer to 130 miles.
She said the hardest part of the swim was dealing with the salt water, which left her throat and mouth sore.
But she added: “My crew was really great about helping me out and keeping me strong.”
“Every length had something that was really hard about it. Coming back from France the last time was definitely hard. It took forever and the current pushed me all over.
“I got stung in the face by a jellyfish and it wasn’t as cold as I thought it might be but it was still chilly.”
Only four brave swimmers had previously crossed the Channel three times without stopping.
But no one had ever completed a fourth leg before.
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