The Second Daily Mail Cross Channel Race 16 August 1951

1951 Daily Mail Swimmers
1951 Daily Mail Swimmers at Folkestone Pool
Channel swimmers Andersen, Cruz, Boutagy & Rockett
Channel swimmers Andersen, Cruz, Boutagy & Rockett
Eileen Fenton drawing lots for the Pilot in the 1951 Race.
Eileen Fenton drawing lots for the Pilot in the 1951 Race.
BBC's Brian Johnson with Godfrey Chapman and Sam Rockett
BBC's Brian Johnson with Godfrey Chapman and Sam Rockett
Sam Rockett & Mareeh Hassen Hamad
Sam Rockett congratulates winner Mareeh Hassen Ham

The Second Daily Mail Cross Channel Race, also known as the “Festival of Britain” race,   took place in August 1951. There were twenty entrants and veteran Sam Rockett, 4th man to finish in the 1950 race, was the supervising trainer. Training took place at the Folkestone open air pool. Egypt sent a large team with staff and made a number of  individual swims, both successes and failures, in the weeks before the race.

The Race was not without controversy; famously, the Egyptian swimmers refused their prizes on the grounds that the Daily Mail newspaper had slandered the King of Egypt in its editorials.

In order of finishing;
Mahri Hassan Hamad, Egypt
Roger le Morvan, France
Hassan Abdel Rehim, Egypt
Saied el Arabi, Egypt
Brenda Fisher, UK
Godfrey Chapman, UK
Winnie Roach, Canada
Enrique Duarte, Argentina
Lars-Bertil Warle, Sweden
Raphael Morand, France
Daniel Carpio, Peru
Jenny James, UK
Zasson Zirganos, Greece
Antonio Abertondo, Argentina
Jans van Hemsberger, Holland
Sally Bauer, Sweden
Dr. W.E. Barnie, UK
Jenny Kammersgaard, Denmark

Failed:
Eileen Fenton, UK
Alain Louis Bombard, France

 

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