Manly International 500 Endurance Swimming Contest
From OpenwaterpediaMercedes Gleitze, Lily Copplestone and Charles Zibelman competed in the non-stop competition in Manly Baths in January 1931.
The competition was to see who could swim the longest for a total cash prize of £500. The competitors were fed with liquid food through a tube provided by assistants from a boat. The food consisted of chicken broth, milk, and chocolate in liquid form.
Gleitze won in 48 hours 15 minutes with Katerina Nehua second in 47 hours 52 minutes and Copplestone in third.