Patty Thompson

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Patty Thompson was a Canadian pool and open water swimmer who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1969 as an Honour Swimmer.

Thompson was also a Canadian Olympic swimmer at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, was the 1969 women’s World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation champion. She won all her professional marathon swims: 16K (10-mile) Hamilton Marathon Swim, 27K (17-mile) Rhode Island Marathon Swim from Narragansett Rhode Island to Block Island, 19K (12-mile) Man and His World Marathon Swim and a 24-hour swim in Santa Fe, Argentina. At age 45 in 1991, Patty became the oldest female to cross Lake Ontario with her time of 19 hours 18 minutes.

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