By Sid Astbury
Sydney (dpa) – An Australian grandmother claimed a record Tuesday
for the oldest woman to swim the English Channel.
Sue Oldham, 64, completed the crossing from Dover to the French
coast in 17 hours and 31 minutes on Monday.
It was her second success at the distance after she crossed in 16
hours and 3 minutes four years ago. She hopes to have another go
before retiring from the sport of long-distance swimming.
“You just don’t know what you’re going to get because you’ve got
currents and tides that could take you anywhere,” Oldham told
Australia’s AAP news agency. “But I would never stop. I would never
give up, ever.”
Oldham said she swam about 50 kilometres in her 2006 crossing, but
was not sure of the distance for her latest swim.