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Paule Kremer crosses the English Channel
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Paule Kremer crosses the English Channel

08.08.2017 From our online archive
Luxembourger Paule Kremer is the first Luxembourgish woman to take on the challenge: swim across the English Channel. The 29-year-old arrived at her destination in France at around 1 pm on Tuesday.

Paule Kremer is the first Luxembourgish woman to take on the challenge: swim across the English Channel. The 29-year-old arrived at her destination in France at around 1 pm on Tuesday. 

It took her 13 hours and 54 minutes to swim 60 kilometres across the channel between France and England, where she works as an English teacher.

She started on Monday at around 10 pm from the English coast. Kremer had planned to cross on Saturday, but the weather decided otherwise. She was given permission to cross on Monday evening.

For the first time in 1875

The Englishman Matthew Webb was the first person to swim across the channel between Dover and Calais during the night of August 24 and 25 in 1875. It took him 21 hours and 45 minutes to swim the 73 kilometre long route that he had chosen.

The first woman to do this was the American Gertrude Ederle in 1926. She crossed the channel in 14 hours and 39 minutes.

The fastest swimmer so far to cross is the Bulgarian Petar Stojtschew, who crossed in 6 hours, 57 minutes and 50 seconds.

(By LW/AF, translated from French by Johanna Lindberg)