Sarah Thomas, a 37-year-old breast cancer survivor, made history on Tuesday! She was the first ever person to swim the English Channel a whopping four times...in a row! This is truly incredible and takes amazing talent and endurance.
Thomas was diagnosed with breast cancer last November and her doctors had strong doubts that she "would ever return to peak form." She kept swimming even during her chemotherapy, but had to put it on hold while she was under radiation.
She said "It was too painful to swim through my burns. I blistered and was told it wasn’t safe to swim because of the risk of infection." After radiation, she got back in the water and spent time in Dover just waiting for the perfect swimming conditions.
Thomas only wore a swimsuit, cap, and googles. She was stung by a jellyfish but thankfully was ok!
In total, she covered about 130 miles and spent about 54 hours in the water swimming from England to France, back to England, back to France and back to England. Wow!
As she approached the shore in Dover, England, she said to BBC "I just can't believe we did it. There was a lot of people on the beach to meet me and wish me well and it was really nice of them, but I feel just mostly stunned. I'm pretty tired right now."
To celebrate, she enjoyed some champagne and M&Ms on the shore. We like your style, Sarah!
Fellow ultra swimmer, Lewis Pugh, was quick to congratulate Thomas on Twitter calling her a "super-human." Other supporters Tweeted sharing videos and love as well.
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