Mary Kok

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Mary Kok in 1961

Mary Kok (born in 1940 in Hilversum) was a Dutch competitive pool swimmer and a professional marathon swimmer in the 1960's and a member of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation and later a coach.

Swimming Career Highlights

  • Between 1954 and 1957 she set 10 world records from the young age of 15 to 17 years old:
  • In 1955, she became the Dutch Sportswoman of the Year at the age of 15.
  • She was to swim in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games for the Dutch Olympic Team until the night before she was to depart when the Netherlands boycott the athletic competition to make a statement of Russia's invasion of Hungary
  • On 18 August 1960, she became the first Dutch woman to swim the English Channel, crossing in 12 hours 25 minutes.
  • In 1980, she was inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

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