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August 24, 2010

During the 17-hour swim, Crossing the English Channel

Sue Oldham, 64, from Carine in Perth's north, completing the swim from Dover on Monday morning (Australian time). She first claimed the record in the year 2006 in the swim of 16 hours and three minutes. Speaking from the UK on Tuesday morning (Australian time) Mrs Oldham said liked to swim in the sea. "When you start something you have to finish it's not, there is no point out when it gets a little difficult," she told ABC Radio.

English Channel is considered the most difficult open water-swimming in the world, she said. "You do not know what you'll get because you have a currents and tides that can take you anywhere."
Mrs Oldham said she struggled for five to six hours to get the right strokes, and her throat began to cause discomfort along with a stuffy nose and sore right shoulder.



"But I will never stop, I will never surrender, never." Mrs Oldham's Perth coach Pauline Pratt and colleagues swimmers Perth Selwyn Jellie resilience in pushing her support boat.

She closed the oil and vaseline to swim and approved food and water with a pole because once the water she could not touch the boat or be touched by anyone until the end.
Mrs Oldham said that after the swim she thought, she would hang up and swim goggles and retire gracefully. But she said that after a glass of champagne to celebrate thought, she still could provide another channel go.



Mrs Oldham said she might swim 50km in 2006, she swam the distance but it still must work for her latest swim. A month before the year 2006 a solo swim, Mrs Oldham swimming as the only female member of a relay team that still holds the world record for oldest relay team, to make the channel crossing.

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