Myra Elizabeth Thompson

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Myra Elizabeth Thompson, first person to attempt a crossing from the Farallon Islands
Myra Thompson (born 2 February 1935 in San Francisco, California). In 1957 at age 22, Thompson tried to become the first person to complete an open water swim from the Farallon Islands to San Francisco and came within 2 miles of her goal after 18 hours in the water. She was a member of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation.

Marathon Swimming Career

She also attempted to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca between the state of Washington and Canada. She also swam the furthest, a total of 14 hours, in an organized Farallon Islands Swim competition from the Farallon Islands to San Francisco on 25 September 1956 among 8 competitors.

Thompson also completed the 1959 Billy Butlin Cross Channel International Swim across the English Channel in 15 hours 35 minutes, only 10 minutes behind Greta Andersen.

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