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In historic feat, Turkish swimmer Aysu Turkoglu crosses English Channel

In historic feat, Turkish swimmer Aysu Turkoglu crosses English Channel
21-year-old becomes youngest Turkish swimmer ever to make famed crossing

By Ali Balli

MUGLA, Türkiye (AA) – Aysu Turkoglu swam the English Channel with a time of about 16-and-a-half hours on Friday and early Saturday, making her the youngest Turkish swimmer ever to make the crossing.

A sports science student at Ege University in Izmir on the Turkish Aegean, Turkoglu, 21, started her historic crossing in Dover, England on Friday at 0902GMT.

The Turkish swimmer was followed on a boat by her trainer, Bengisu Avci, and her father, Mustafa Turkoglu.

The young swimmer braved currents and waves for 16 hours and 28 minutes to finish at Cap Gris-Nez, a cape in Pas-de-Calais, France.

The distance between Dover and Cap Gris-Nez, as the crow flies is 21 miles (33.8 kilometers).

Arriving early Saturday on the French shoreline, Aysu was in tears at setting a new record.

The elated Turkoglu shared news of her success on her Instagram account.

source: News Feed
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