Edward Temme or E. H. Temme (born 16 September 1904 in Plaistow, Greater London, Great Britain and died 26 June 1977 at the age of 72 in Padova, Italy) was a London insurance clerk who played water polo for the Plaistow United Swimming Club in Plaistow Great Britain and was the first man to complete a crossing of the English Channel both ways.
Water Polo Career
He played water polo for Great Britain in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games and the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
English Channel Career
- He was the King of the Channel® from 1934-1951.
- He completed a crossing of the English Channel in 14 hours 29 minutes on 5 August 1927 from France to England at the age of 22.
- In 1933, he crossed the 16.1 km Bristol Channel from Weston-super-Mare to Penarth in 7 hours 5 minutes.
- On 19 August 1934, he crossed the English Channel from England to France in 15 hours 34 minutes which set a new record.
- He was the first person to swim the English Channel in both directions.
- In 1927 Dover Town Council raised money by public donation to purchase a gold cup to present to the next English person to swim the English Channel from England to France; Ted Temme was the winner of the gold cup.
- He also had four failed attempts across the English Channel, all England to France:
- In 1928 after 8 hours 7 minutes
- In 1929 after 5 hours 40 minutes
- In 1932 after 11 hours 50 minutes
- In 1933 after 11 hours 45 minutes
- He was the Supervisor for the first Daily Mail Cross Channel Race in 1950.
King of the Channel®
The King of the Channel® is a title is bestowed on the man who has successfully completed more swims of the English Channel than any other. The title as well the accompanied Letona Trophy is awarded by the Channel Swimming Association. Its female equivalent is the Queen of the Channel®.
List of Kings of the Channel®
|King of the Channel® - The Letona Trophy||Number of Crossings||Years Held Title|
|Captain Matthew Webb||1||1875-1934|
- World Record Progression Of English Channel Crossings
- E. H. Temme Crosses From Gris Nez in 14 Hours, 29 Minutes, With Steady Trudgeon Stroke. KEPT JOB WHILE TRAINING 200-Pound, 6-Foot Briton Beats by Two Minutes the Time Made by Miss Ederle a Year Ago Today
- Sport: Frog v. Eagle in Time
- Olympic Career of Edward Temme
- Channel Swimming Association
- Fastest English Channel Crossings By Olympic Swimmers
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Open Water Swimming
- Marathon Swimming
- Marveling About Nelson
- Daily News of Open Water Swimming
- Marathon Swimmers Federation bio
- Wherever She Saw Water, Willy van Rysel Wanted To Swim
- When Times Were Simpler In The English Channel