Erdal Acet

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Erdal Acet
Living on the street named after him
Erdal Acet winning the event the 1971 10 km Galata-Varna Swimming Marathon in Bulgaria
1970 Galata-Varna Swimming Marathon with 5 swimmers from Turkey, coach Nejat Nakkaş in the middle, and Erdal Acet on his right

Erdal Acet is a Turkish water polo player and an open water swimmer. He learned how to swim in an irrigation channel of Adana city in Turkey at age 7.

Open Water Swimming Highlights

  • He set the male world record across the 33.5 km English Channel in August 1976 in 9 hours 2 minutes from England to France.
  • He completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel in 1977 in 9 hours 7 minutes - which attempting a 2-way crossing.
  • He was third in the 1977 Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy in 7 hours 43 minutes.
  • He competed 7 times in the International Istanbul Swimming Marathon which was held 8 times. He took 5 first and 2 second places in his career.
  • In 1966, he finished in the top three in the first international swimming marathon held on the Pendik-Burgas-Fenerbahçe course among Turkish-Hungarian and Israeli swimmers.
  • In 1968, he finished second in 7 hours 32 minutes.
  • He won a 30 km race in Egypt held in 1972.
  • He was a 10-year veteran of the Turkish National Water Polo team.
  • He won the 1971 10 km Galata-Varna Swimming Marathon in Bulgaria.


A documentary film was made of his life focusing on his marathon swimming career between 1965 and 1977). The film won a special film prize.

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Video Interview

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