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Lilian Harrison

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Lilian Harrison is an inductee (Honor Swimmer) of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in the Class of 1973
Honour Swimmer of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame at a civic reception in Argentina
First swimmer to swim across the Río de la Plata from Colonia, Uruguay to Playa Colorada

Lilian Gemma Harrison (1904 - 1993) is an Honour Swimmer from Argentina who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1973. She swam for Club Náutico de San Isidro.

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

  • Harrison was the first person to swim 48 km across the River Plate (Río de la Plata) from Colonia, Uruguay to Playa Colorada, Argentina on 21 December 1923 at the age of 20 in a time of 24 hours 19 minutes. Until then, there had been nine unsuccessful attempts by swimmers Enrique Tiraboschi, Luis Garramendy, Elio Perez Romero Maciel and Vito Dumas. Dumas was in the water the longest at 25 hours 17 minutes), while Maciel had to abandon his attempt only 3 km from Berazategui, his point of arrival
  • In 1925, she won the 42 km (26-mile) Seine River race that ended in Paris
  • In 1924, she attempted four channel swims across the English Channel without success and was close to drowning in the last attempt
  • She is a member of the 24-hour club
  • Harrison's first marathon swim was from Zárate to Tigre north of Buenos Aires along the Paraná River in 21 hours 20 minutes

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