Irene van der Laan

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Irene van der Laan was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1985 as an Honour Swimmer.

van der Laan was the first person to win the Rolex watch two times for the fastest swim in the English Channel of the year in 1982 and 1983. She also swam the English Channel in 1979 and did a double-crossing in 1983 with a new record and fastest swim of the year on her first leg. She was the first women in several events on the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation circuit in the 1980’s and was still swimming in major international events until 2010, including the 64K (40-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in 19 hours and 5 minutes in 1986, the 64K (40-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in 18 hours and 15 minutes in 1987, the 64K (40-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in 19 hours and 47 minutes in 1988, the 40K (25-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in 10 hours and 54 minutes in 1990, the 40K (25-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in 11 hours and 50 minutes in 1991, and the 40K (25-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in 11 hours and 20 minutes in 1997.

She is a member of the board of directors of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

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