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article imageBritish 70-year-old man swims across the English Channel

By Igor I. Solar     Aug 31, 2011 in Health
Dover - Roger Allsopp, a British 70-year-old grandfather, claimed the new Guinness World Record as the oldest person in history to swim the English Channel by crossing from Dover to Calais in less than 18 hours.
Retired breast cancer surgeon Allsopp started his swim at Shakespeare Beach in Dover on Tuesday evening and reached the beach at Cap Gris-Nez, near Calais, France, on Wednesday morning after swimming 34 kilometers in 17 hours and 51 minutes. This is not the first time he has done it. Allsopp first swam the Channel in 2006.
Following his outstanding achievement Allsopp declared: "I feel really, really good about it. The alternative to fail would have been very sad. It was very hard work and I had to work all the way."
Allsopp, a grandfather of three, lives on the Isle of Guernsey. He made the crossing of one of the world’s busiest stretches of sea accompanied by a support boat. He is 70 years and 4 months old, thus beating the previous record as the oldest person to swim the English Channel previously held by George Brunstad, a retired airline captain from Connecticut, USA, who swam the Channel in August 2004, at the age of 70 years and four days, in 15 hours and 59 minutes.
According to The Guardian, Allsopp came up with the idea of attempting the demanding feat after seeing an inscription telling about Brunstad’s swimming achievement at a pub in Dover. He decided that he could do it and at the same time raise money to fund medical equipment for cancer research at the University of Southampton, southern England.
Allsopp is now resting and recovering from the ordeal in Dover. "My body has told me not to do anything like this again." he said.
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