Abou Heif, member of the Egyptian relay team
Abou Heif, member of the Egyptian relay team. August 2nd. 1953.
Abou Heif, of Egypt, the first man in a team of six who were attempting to set a new cross channel relay record. Heif entered the water at St. Margaret’s Bay and after swimming his leg of the relay he stayed in the water in an attempt to beat the individual England-France record of 15hrs, 35 minutes set the previous year by England’s Tom Blower. The relay record which the Egyptians hoped to break was 11hrs, 11 minutes set by another Egyptian team three years earlier. Heif set a new record of 13 hrs 45 mins. The relay set a new record of 10 hrs 51 mins.
Black and white photograph From the Sam Rockett Collection.