Gertrude Ederle's swim. The 20-year-old New Yorker waded into the water off Cape Gris-Nez, France in 1925 and started swimming west. Approximately 14 hours and 31 minutes later, she arrived at Kingstown, England, becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel. Only five men had done it, and Ederle's time was almost two hours faster than any of them. Her next stop was a ticker-tape parade in New York City. Not even Michael Phelps got that.
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