Mareeh Hassan Hammad being greased up for a swim at Folkestone Beach.
Daily Mail Race 1951 Festival of Britain Year, Mareeh Hassan Hammad,-Egypt. Winner of the 1951 Daily Mail Race being greased up for a swim at Folkestone Beach.
Hamad was an Egyptian Army Warrant Officer, Winner of the 1951 Channel Swimming Race. Time 12hrs 12mins.
He had four successful swims. All France to England; September 18th 1949 15hrs 22mins; August 22nd 1950 Daily Mail swim 3rd in 12hrs 04 sec. August 16th 1951 Daily Mail Swim, First Place in 12hrs 12mins. August 21st 1954 Billy Butlin swim, Second Place in 12hrs 49mins.
He had two unsuccessful swims; 1948 he swam for 7 hours. 1949 for 14hrs.
A Black and White potograph. From the Sam Rockett Collection