Baptista Pereira

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Joaquim Baptista Pereira is a Portuguese open water swimming who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1971 as an Honour Swimmer.

Pereira was the premier marathon swimmer of Portugal from 1938 until 1949. Between 1953 and 1959, he swam several national and international events including the 42K (26-mile) Nile Swim in Egypt, the 36K (22.5-mile) Around-the-Island Marathon Swim in Atlantic City, USA, the 30K (18.6-mile) Paris swim, the 18.5K (11.5-mile) Ouver-Sur-Oise swim and the 100K (62-mile) Angers-Ancenis-Nantes swim.

He crossed the Strait of Gibraltar on 25 October 1953 at the age of 32 in 5 hours 4 minutes and on 22 September 1956 at the age of 34 in 4 hours 34 minutes.

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