Irene van der Laan

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Irene van der Laan was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1985 as an Honour Swimmer and remains a professional marathon swimmer for over 3 decades.

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[edit] English Channel

Van der Laan was the first person to win the Rolex watch two times for the fastest crossings in the English Channel of the year in 1982 and 1983. She also swam the English Channel in 1979 and completed a double-crossing in 1983, establishing a new record and fastest swim of the year on her first leg.

[edit] Professional Marathon Swimming Career

Van der Laan was the first women in several events on the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation circuit during the 1980’s and was still swimming in major international events until 2013. She competed in the 64 km (40-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in 19 hours 5 minutes in 1986, the 64 km (40-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in 18 hours 15 minutes in 1987, the 64 km (40-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in 19 hours 47 minutes in 1988, the 40 km (25-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in 10 hours 54 minutes in 1990, the 40 km (25-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in 11 hours 50 minutes in 1991, the 40 km (25-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in 11 hours 20 minutes in 1997. She has done hundreds of marathon swims during one of the longest careers in history including 20 consecutive Faros Maratón swims in Croatia.

[edit] International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

In addition to being an Honour Swimmer, she is also a member of the board of directors of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

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