Mervyn Sharp

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Mervyn Sharp is a British open water swimmer who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2006 as an Honour Swimmer.

Marathon Swimming Career

Sharp was a former King of the Channel® with seven crossings of the English Channel, done between 1967 and 1974. He also swam 16 km (10 miles) from Lulworth Cove to Weymouth, 32 km (20 miles) in a double-crossing between Weymouth and Lulworth Cove, 12.8 km (8 miles) between Torquay and Brixham, 12.8 km (8 miles) in Lake Bala in Wales, 48.2 km (30 miles) from Swanage to Weymouth, 14.4 km (9 miles) from Swanage to Bournemouth and 25 km (15.5 miles) at the 1970 Lake Windermere Championships in England. He also did several professional marathon swims in Canada in 1971 and 1972 including the 34 km (21-mile) Traversée internationale du Lac St-Jean in Canada, 37 km (23-mile) la Descente ou remontée du Saguenay in Canada, and the 24 Heures La Tuque relay in Quebec, Canada.

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