Miss Gertrude Ederle

Miss Gertrude Ederle

Miss Gertrude Ederle B/W Photograph 13-08-1925 Another girl channel swimmer starts. Miss Gertrude Ederle, the young American girl left Cape Gris-Nez this morning in her attempt to swim the English Channel.

Photo shows: Miss Ederle photographed recently when in training.

She was trained on her first attempt by Jabez Wolffe, Which was unsuccessful, she swam for 8hrs.50mins. She returned in August 1926,this time she was successful in a new record time of 14hrs and 39 minutes. William Burgess trained her on this occasion. Gertrude was the first woman to swim the English Channel, on the 6th of August 1926 in a new record time of 14hrs.39mins. she was the first person to swim front crawl. She had one unsuccessful swim in 1925 on August 18th. She swam for 8 hours 50mins She was trained by Jabez Wolffe. and swam Breast stroke on her first swim. On her successful swim she wore a two piece costume. and used an eight leg beat crawl. She was one of six children. She held world records for 300yds. 500yds, 880yds, 400m.440m, 500m. She played herself in the film Swim girl Swim.

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