Joaquim Baptista Pereira

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Joaquim Baptista Pereira or Batista Pereira (born 7 March 1921, died 22 June 1984) was a Portuguese open water swimmer who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1971 as an Honour Swimmer.

Open Water Swimming Career

  • Pereira was the premier marathon swimmer of Portugal from 1938 until 1949.
  • Between 1953 and 1959, he swam several national and international events including the 42 km (26-mile) Nile Swim in Egypt, the 36 km (22.5-mile) Around-the-Island Marathon Swim in Atlantic City, USA, the 30 km (18.6-mile) Paris swim, the 18.5 km (11.5-mile) Ouver-Sur-Oise swim and the 100 km (62-mile) Angers-Ancenis-Nantes swim.
  • He finished 9th in the 41.8 km Atlantic City Centennial Swim on 26 July 1954 in 10:16:10.
  • He crossed the Strait of Gibraltar on 25 October 1953 at the age of 32 in 5 hours 4 minutes and on 22 September 1956 at the age of 34 in 4 hours 34 minutes.
  • He was the winner of the 1954 Billy Butlin Cross Channel International Swim in 12 hours 25 minutes over Egypt's Hamad in 12 hours 49 minutes.
  • He finished third in the 1959 race (Billy Butlin Cross Channel International Swim).
  • In l959, he claimed the European Distance record by swimming 206 km (or 128 miles) in the Tejo River in Portugal in a time of 28 hours 43 minutes (or 26 hours 12 minutes) which qualified him for the 24-hour club.
  • He completed the Travessia de Sesimbra e da Meia-Milha da Foz
  • In 1950, he swam 35 km from Alhandra to Lisboa in 5 hours 4 minutes

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