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Four Times Is A Charm – The Remarkable Sport City Mexico
The remarkable 4-way relay crossing by Sport City Mexico across the English Channel – backand forth and back and forth - is a marathon swimming exploit worth re-telling. Their 42 hour and 11 minute crossing was truly an adventure.The first crossing took them 8 hours and 18 minutes, the second crossing was 10 hours and44 minutes, the third was 11 hours and 5 minutes and the last was 12 hours and 6 minutes.Mariel Hawley took us back to those two days and nights in August 2007 when a team of brave Mexicans made history."
The team included 56-year-old Jorge Urreta, 55-year-old Luis Pineyro, 48-year-old Omar Díaz González, 38-year-old Alejandro Moreno, 26-year-old Mayalen Noriega and me,supported by coach Rodolfo Aznar and Dr. Alexander Kormanovsky
We were waiting for our escort pilot, Mike Oram, at our hotel. We had been in Dover for afew days, but the weather had been terrible, raining all day long and with very strong winds.Despite the weather, everyone was excited because we had been following the weather onthe BBC and the report said that the weather was going to change with decreasing winds
I explained to Mike that this swim was very important for us, not only because of the swimitself, but also because if we made the 4-way crossing, many low-income Mexican childrenwith cleft lip and palate were going to be medically attended and have a surgery
After I made the introductions, Mike, who had been the pilot for the first relay team to ever doa 4-way English Channel crossing, the Sun Rice Team, said, 'Hello, ok, now, where are theswimmers?'. I answered, 'WE are the swimmers.' Now, it was Mike’s turn to be surprised.'Ahhh; ok. I’ll be honest with you. What you are trying to do is not an easy. I was the pilot for the Sun Rice Team, they were all men and swimmers of [the famous Australian] Bondi Beach.They were much younger than you are and fast swimmers.' After that, Omar explains that our purpose is to finish the 4-way crossing, but that we don´t know how long it will take us, but that we have trained very hard and that if we finish the swima lot of children will be benefited from it
."On August 23rd at 6 pm, Mariel was told by Mike's son and co-pilot, Lance, that they could
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