Sarah Thomas Cannot Be Stopped
Sarah Thomas has become the first swimmer to cross the English Channel four times continuously.
Sarah Thomas is a 37-year-old from Colorado. As an open water marathon swimmer, she has broken historical records this past week. Before she could conquer this goal, she first had to defeat another: The endurance swimmer was diagnosed with breast cancer less than two years ago in November 2017.
She completed numerous amount of treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery to beat cancer. She wanted to break this world record to raise awareness about breast cancer. She dedicated her victory to “all the survivors out there.”
Sarah Thomas dedicated her record-breaking swim across the English Channel to cancer survivors. 💕 pic.twitter.com/jcnrfwyejj
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 18, 2019
Lizzie Simmonds, an Olympic swimmer from England, joined the world on commending Thomas on the great victory.
Unbelievable! I didn’t even know you could do tumble turns in the Channel!
— Lizzie Simmonds (@LizzieSimmonds1) September 17, 2019
The course was estimated to be about 80 miles. However, due to the tides, Thomas swam 133 miles. It took approximately 54 hours and 13 minutes to complete. During her swim, she was stung in the face by a jelly-fish, but she persisted.