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Nora Toledano Cadena, Inductee (Honour Swimmer of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Nora Toledano Cadena was nominated for the 2019 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year category
Nora Toledano participated in the 2017 Pan-American Colibrí Swim between Imperial Beach, California, USA and Playas de Tijuana in Tijuana, Mexico, a cross-border swim and example of Speedo diplomacy by a group of ocean swimmers from five nations with the purpose to raise awareness and funds for the Colibri Center for Human Rights in the Pacific Ocean
Nora Toledano Cadena, participant in the Pan-American Colibrí Swim and founder of the Mexican Open Water Association
Nora Toledano, the first Mexican woman to achieve the Oceans Seven on 30 March 2019
Phil Cutti, Matthew Davie, Vito Bialla, Nora Toledano, Patty Kohlman and Edna Llorens before their 55 hour Mexican American Unity Swim in Lake Powell in 55 hours 20 minutes in September 2010
Oceans Seven certificate for Nora Toledano Cadena

Nora Toledano Cadena (born 26 August 1969 in Mexico City) is a Mexican marathon swimmer who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2006 as an Honor Swimmer. The Mexican marathon swimmer completed a two-way crossing of the English Channel in 1994 in 23 hours 38 minutes and was the first Mexican woman to achieve the Oceans Seven on 30 March 2019.

Open Water Swimming Career Highlights

Swimming Career Highlights

  • English Channel (6 solo crossings)
    • 1992, England-France, One way solo crossing in 11 hours 45 minutes at the age of 24 on 18 September 1992
    • 1994, England-France, One way solo crossing in 9 hours 40 minutes at the age of 24 on 40 June 1994
    • 1994, England-France, One way relay crossing in 8 hours 49 minutes at the age of 24 on 14 July 1994
    • 1994, England-France-England, Two way solo crossing in 23:38 at the age of age 24 on 5-6 August 1994
    • 1997, England-France, One way solo crossing in 11 hours 51 minutes at the age of 26 on 11 August 1997
    • 2001, England-France-England, Two way relay crossing in 18 hours 48 minutes at the age of 41 on 14 August 2001
    • 2005, England-France-England, Two way relay crossing in 20 hours 14 minutes at the age of 46 on 28 August 2005
    • 2005, England-France, One way solo crossing in 10 hours 4 minutes at the age of 46 on 2 September 2005
  • 14.4 km Strait of Gibraltar crossing in 4 hours 24 minutes in 2015
  • 45.9 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim
    • 1995, New York, USA, 45.9 km Solo circumnavigation swim in 8 hours 9 minutes, 3rd overall at the age of 25 on 14 August 1995
    • 2001, New York, USA, 45.9 km Solo circumnavigation swim in 8 hours 14 minutes 8th overall at the age of 41 on 24 June 2001
  • FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup
    • 1998, 25 km Rio de Janeiro in January
    • 26 km in Tapes, Brazil inFebruary
    • 88 km Hernandarias-Parana marathon swim in Argentina
    • 32 km Lake Ohrid in Macedonia in 22 August
  • Circeo, Italy 44 km, 6th place, 19 September 1998
  • 25 km Open Water Swimming Championships of Australia: 1999, Gold Coast, Australia in 6:56, 6th place, age 29 on 1 May 1999
  • The Victor 24rd Swim Around Key West, Florida, USA: 1999, Florida, USA, 25 km in 4:26, age 29 on 12 June 1999
  • FINA World Masters Championships: 2004, Riccione, Italy, 4 km in 46:51, 4rd place, age 44 on 10 June 2004
  • World Masters Games: 2005, Sylvan Lake, Edmonton, Canada, 4 km in 42:40, 1st place, age 45 on 28 July 2005
  • FINA Open Water Swimming World Cup: 2006, Guadalquivir River, Sevilla, Spain, 10 km in 2:29, age 46 on 16 June 2006
  • FINA World Masters Championships: 2010, Goteborg, Sweden, 4 km in 49:50, 4th place, age 40 on 6 August 2010
  • She is a key cast member of the documentary film Aloo.

Pan-American Colibrí Swim

She participated in the 6.9 km 4 hour 4 minute Pan-American Colibrí Swim is a cross-border swim by a group of ocean swimmers from five nations with the purpose to raise awareness and funds for the Colibri Center for Human Rights in the Pacific Ocean between Imperial Beach near San Diego, California, USA and finishing at Playas de Tijuana in Tijuana, Mexico held on 5 May 2016, starting near the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Its members include Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand), Oded Rahav (Israel), Jean Craven (South Africa), Antonio Argüelles, (Mexico), Nicolene Steynberg (South Africa), Rene Martínez Saenz (Mexico), Ben Enosh (Israel), Ryan Nelson (USA), Melissa King (USA), Kamini Moodley (South Africa), Neil Macaskill (South Africa), Luc Chetboun (Israel), Nora Toledano (Mexico), Mariel Hawley (Mexico), Dan Simonelli (USA), and Ben Enosh (USA/Israel). They will be supported and escorted by escort kayakers Billy Carlson (USA), Matt Donoghue (USA), Haden Ware (USA), Anna Lopez and the Out of the Boat Team (Mexico), Kala Sherman-Presser (USA), Tom Hecker (USA), and Kevin Eslinger (USA).

Videos


The 6.9 km Pan-American Colibrí Swim, a cross-border swim and charity swim in the Pacific Ocean from Imperial Beach near San Diego, California, USA to Playas de Tijuana in Tijuana, Mexico on 5 May 2016.


Nora Toledano and Mariel Hawley completing a record-setting tandem swim across the Tsugaru Channel from Honshu to Hokkaido in Japan in 6 hours 20 minutes on 2 July 2018.

2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Toledano was nominated for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award as follows:

Nora Toledano Cadena has long been involved in open water swimming, both domestically in Mexico and internationally in some of the most difficult channels and professional marathon swims around the world. She was the first Mexican inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and has inspired, mentored and coached innumerable Mexican and Latin American swimmers of all ages for decades. This year, she coached 21 major international open water swimming crossings, all of which were completed successfully. Her speeches and her book - A cada brazada: el azul interminable (Each Stroke: Endless Blue) - describe her channel crossings and how lessons from those challenges can be applied in real life. After all her successes and occasional obstacles, she crossed the 23 km Cook Strait in 9 hours 54 minutes to complete the Oceans Seven at the age of 49. For crossing the English Channel (6 times including a two-way swim), Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel, North Channel, Cook Strait to achieve the Oceans Seven, for continuing to lead and advise the open water swimming community in Mexico, and for remaining a friendly, personable, humble, inspirational icon in the sport after nearly two decades since her first English Channel crossing, Nora Toledano Cadena is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

2016 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women

Toledano was named to the 2016 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women by the World Open Water Swimming Association. The women are listed below, alphabetically by last name:

1. Patti Bauernfeind, marathon/channel/relay swimmer from the USA
2. Carina Bruwer, marathon/channel/charity event swimmer from South Africa
4. Charlotte Brynn, marathon/channel/ice swimmer and coach from New Zealand/USA
4. Jessie Campbell, ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
5. Kimberley Chambers, marathon/channel/extreme/cross-border swimmer from New Zealand/USA
6. Devon Clifford, marathon/channel/open water swimmer from the USA
6. Jackie Cobell, channel/extreme/ice swimmer from Great Britain
8. Lorna Cochran, open water swimmer from South Africa
9. Olive Conroy, ice/winter swimmer from Ireland
10. Anna DeLozier, ice/winter swimmer from the USA
11. Beth French, channel swimmer from Great Britain
12. Elizabeth Fry, marathon/channel swimmer and event organizer from USA
13. Pat Gallant-Charette, channel/marathon swimmer from the USA
14. Pilar Geijo, professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
15. Ines Hahn, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Germany
16. Jessi Harewicz, marathon/channel swimmer from Canada
17. Mariel Hawley Dávila, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
18. Bárbara Hernández Huerta, winter/extreme swimmer from Chile
19. Bridgette Hobart, event organizer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
20. Elaine Howley, marathon/charity/ice swimmer and writer from the USA
21. Linda Kaiser, channel swimmer, advisor and administrator from the USA
22. Lori King, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
23. Tita Llorens, marathon/channel swimmer from Spain
24. Marcy MacDonald, DPM, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Elina Makïnen, ice/winter swimmer from Finland
26. Angela Maurer, professional marathon swimmer and Olympian from Germany
27. Chloë McCardel, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Australia
28. Tiffany McQueen, ocean/marathon swimmer from the USA
29. Sally Minty-Gravett, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Great Britain (Jersey)
40. Jaimie Monahan, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
41. Nuala Moore, marathon/ice swimmer, second, author and lecturer from Ireland
42. Victoria Mori, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
43. Tina Neill, marathon/channel/backstroker/extreme relay swimmer from the USA
44. Anna-Carin Nordin, Oceans Seven/ice swimmer from Sweden
45. Renata Nováková, ice/winter swimmer from the Czech Republic
46. Magda Okurková, ice/winter swimmer from the Czech Republic
47. Penny Palfrey, channel/marathon/extreme swimmer from Australia
48. Ranie Pearce, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
49. Cheryl Reinke, marathon swimmer from the USA
40. Charlotte Samuels, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
41. Susan Simmons, marathon swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis from Canada
42. Kate Steels-Fryatt, polar ice miler and ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
43. Sarah Thomas, marathon/extreme swimmer from the USA
44. Nora Toledano Cadena, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
45. Natalie du Toit, professional marathon swimmer and Olympian from South Africa
46. Wendy Trehiou, marathon/channel swimmer from Great Britain (Jersey)
47. Wendy Van De Sompele, marathon swimmer and administrator from the USA
48. Samantha Whelpton, winter/ice swimmer from South Africa
49. Sabrina Wiedmer, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from Switzerland
50. Julia Wittig, ice/winter swimmer from Germany

Oceans Seven Swimmers

1st: Stephen Redmond (Ireland)
2nd: Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden)
3rd: Michelle Macy (USA)
4th: Darren Miller (USA)
5th: Adam Walker (UK)
6th: Kimberly Chambers (New Zealand)
7th: Antonio Argüelles (Mexico)
8th: Ion Lazarenco Tiron (Moldavia/Ireland)
9th: Rohan Dattatrey More (India)
10th: Abhejali Bernardová (Czech Republic)
11th: Cameron Bellamy (South Africa)
12th: Lynton Mortensen (Australia)
13th: Thomas Pembroke (Australia)
14th: Nora Toledano Cadena (Mexico)
15th: Mariel Hawley Dávila (Mexico)
16th: André Wiersig (Germany)
17th: Liz Fry (USA)
18th: Attila Mányoki (Hungary)
19th: Jonathan Ratcliffe (UK)

A cada brazada el azul interminable

A cada brazada el azul interminable (English: With each stroke, the endless blue) is a Spanish-language book written by Nora Toledano and Antonio Argüelles.

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