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Georges Michel

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Georges Michel was a French open water swimmer who set the world record in the English Channel on 10 September 1926 in 11 hours 6 minutes from Cap Gris Nez, France to St. Margart’s Bay near Deal, England. He had previously failed 9 nines before setting the world record, besting Ernest Vierkoetter’s record by 1 hour 38 minutes.

The 36-year-old baker from Paris reportedly spent 15,000 French francs on his 10 English Channel attempts. He had previously won a 26-mile (42 km) international marathon swim in the Seine River. In addition in the 1928 Wrigley Marathon for the Swimming Championship of the World in conjunction with the Canadian National Exhibition. - none of the 199 starters completed the swim. Georges swam the longest and furthest battling for 11 hours, 12 minutes and 57 seconds and covered 12 1/8th miles. Ernest Vierkoetter covered slightly less distance in less than 8 hours. After this race, on 16th September, Georges won the 39 mile race (and $500) across the St. Lawrence River from Montreal to Sorel.

International Professional Swimmers Association[edit]

He was a member of the International Professional Swimmers Association founded in 1927 in New York City.

International Professional Swimmers Association[edit]

The International Professional Swimmers Association was an international association organized on 21 September 1927 at the Hotel McAlpin in Manhattan, New York with its headquarters in New York City. The Association planned to issue a monthly publication to authenticate and keep records of a professional swimming events and to foster swimming throughout the world as an international sport.

Its officers included:

Its Board of Governors consisted of:

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