Statistically Speaking

Quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon swam the English Channel on Sept. 18. The Frenchman left Folkestone, England, at 6:45 a.m. and successfully reached Cap Gris Nez, France, at 8:13 p.m. that night. While many people have attempted to make this journey, Croizon was the first quadruple amputee — a person with parts of each of his arms and legs removed — to swim the channel. Here is some data concerning one of mankind’s greatest physical feats:

Shortest distance (from Dover, England, to Calais, France) across the English Channel: 21 miles

First trans-channel swim: Aug. 25, 1875

Time it took for Croizon to swim the entire channel: 13 hours 28 minutes

Most crossings by a single person (Alison Streeter): 43