Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Double in the Triple Crown

Antonio (Toño) Argüelles of Mexico holds a unique position in the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming: he is the only person to do it twice.

He originally completed his first Triple Crown in 1999 and repeated it within one calendar year in 2009. Argüelles completed the Triple Crown after his 7 hour 56 minute Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 7:56 in 1998, a 12:25 crossing of the Catalina Channel in July, 1999 and a 18:19 crossing of the English Channel in August, 1999.

Argüelles repeated his Triple Crown feat in 2009 when he completed a Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in June, a July crossing of the Catalina Channel and a English Channel crossing in 12:54 on September.

As Argüelles says, "We all have a channel to cross: for some, that is the English Channel; for others, it is 30 minutes of daily exercise; and for some, it is not to quit school." Argüelles' feats make it 36 athletes total in marathon swimming history to complete the English Channel, Catalina Channel and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.

Copyright © 2010 by World Open Water Swimming Association

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