Australian marathon swimmer Chloë McCardel has broken the world record for most successful completions of the English Channel.
McCardel, 36, completed her 44th crossing of the English channel breaking the previous female record of 43 crossing by British swimmer Alison Streeter.
McCardel arrived at Pointe de la Courte Dune in France after conquering the 34-kilometre swim in 10-hours.
“I’m buzzing right now,” she said.
“I had favourable conditions and I really got to enjoy and soak in every minute, because I wasn’t getting bashed around by the Channel, so, I’ve got energy and I feel great.
“Yeah, It really, really was amazing.”
McCardel’s 44th swim was her seventh successful English Channel crossing of the year after she had already passed the men’s world record held by Kevin Murphy in August last year.
McCardel has been chasing the record for five years after she made history completing the longest unassisted solo ocean swim in 2016, swimming 124 kilometres from South Eleuthera Island to Nassau in the Bahamas.
“It’s been a really tough journey, but I’ve persisted,” she said.
“Marathon swimming is a sport that is so incredible and enthralling. You’re out in nature, I just find it so compelling.
“But, you’ve gotta do it for the love of it,” she said.
McCardel is likely to hang up the togs for channel crossing now that she has taken the world record.
“That record is really the most prestigious record and I’m just happy to have it now.”