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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 July, 2004, 15:39 GMT 16:39 UK
Women break Channel swim record
Julie Bradshaw
Julie Bradshaw and her team-mates have achieved a world first
Six women have succeeded in their attempt to be the first women to swim the English Channel three times.

The group completed the crossing from Dover to Calais three times non-stop in a relay format finishing at 1230 BST on Saturday after 32 hours 31 minutes.

"We're delighted as we have also beaten the record for the two-way swim," said organiser Julie Bradshaw.

The 40-year-old Blackpool-born Loughborough University lecturer first swam the Channel aged 15.

Record breakers

The group, who took it in turns to swim for an hour each, beat the existing record of 20 hours 43 minutes for two crossings on their way to becoming the first team of women to make three crossings.

Andrea Gellan, 47, from Scotland, was the eldest of the group, with the youngest swimmer 20 years her junior.

The six women covered a total distance of 70 miles - each completed an 11.5 mile swim over the 36 hours.

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