Sally Bauer

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Sally Bauer
Sally Bauer (born 29 July 1908, died 15 June 2001) was a Swedish pool and channel swimmer who crossed the English Channel in 1939 in 15 hours 22 minutes, the first Swedish swimmer to do so. She crossed again in 1951 at the age of 43 when she finished 14th in the 1951 Daily Mail race, a professional marathon swimming competition across the English Channel. She was also the first person to successfully swim across the 8-mile Øresund strait between Denmark and Sweden in 1931, and between 1934 and 1937, Bauer set 17 Swedish national freestyle records in events ranging from the 200-meter freestyle to the mile.

English Channel Races

The Daily Mail races and the Billy Butlin Cross Channel International Swim were a series of professional marathon swimming competitions across the English Channel that brought the best marathon swimmers in the world to the Dover Strait. Sponsored and organized by Billy Butlin of Butlin's Holiday Camps between 1953 and 1959, the races followed the tradition of the Daily Mail races across the English Channel in 1950-1952.

1951 Daily Mail Race

In 1951, an Egyptian 34-year-old swimmer, Mareeh Hassan Hamad, won the race in 12 hours 12 minutes by just one minute over Frenchman Roger Le Morvan in a close race. In addition to France, England and Egypt, swimmers also came from Canada, Argentina, Sweden, Peru, Greece, the Netherlands and Denmark. The results were as follows:

1. Mareeh Hassan Hamad (Egypt) 12:12
2. Roger Le Morvan (France) 12:13
3. Hassan Abdel Rehim (Egypt) - 12:25
4. Saied El Arabi (Egypt) 12:42
5. Brenda Fisher (England) 12:42 - First woman
6. Godfrey Chapman (England) 12:56
7. Winnie Roach (Canada) 13:25
8. Enriqueta Duarte (Argentina) 13:26
9. Lars Beril Warle (Sweden) 13:28
10. Raphael Morand (France) 13:45
11. Jenny James (Wales) 13:55
12. Jason Zirganos (Greece) 14:01
13. Jan Van Hemsbergen (Netherlands) 14:03
14. Sally Bauer (Sweden) 14:04
15. Antonio Abertondo (Argentina) 14:14
16. William E. (Ned) Barnie (Scotland) 15:01
17. Jenny Kammersgaard (Denmark) 15:38
18. Daniel Carpio (Peru) 23:05

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