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Open Water Source has spent years developing an innovative global athlete ranking system. The first version of the global ranking system compiles, organizes and analyzes an incredible 135 years of marathon swimming history, from 1875 to the present. Our first phase of the global and historical athlete rankings is searchable by gender, age and country.

You can see where you rank among the world’s marathon swimmers – all of them since 1875 when Captain Matthew Webb first swam across the English Channel. Our online ranking system for marathon swimmers enables any and all athletes of any age, ability and background from any country to submit their information in order to rank themselves among the world's marathon swimmers throughout history.

Our ranking system takes the results of the following swims and comparatively ranks each swimmer who submits their information:

  1. Cadiz Freedom Swim,Cape Town, South Africa (7.5K or 4.7 miles)
  2. Catalina Channel, California, U.S.A. (34K or 21 miles)
  3. Clean Half Marathon Swim, Hong Kong (15K or 9.3 miles)
  4. Cook Strait, New Zealand (26K or 16.2 miles)
  5. Ederle Swim, New York-to-New Jersey, U.S.A. (28.2K or 17.5 miles)
  6. English Channel, England-to-France (34K or 21 miles)
  7. Jarak-Sabac Marathon Swim, Serbia (18.7K or 11.6 miles)
  8. Faros Marathon Swim, Croatia (16K or 9.9 miles)
  9. Ijsselmeerzwemmarathon, Netherlands (21K or 13 miles)
  10. International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim, Lake Zurich, Switzerland (26.4K or 16.4 miles)
  11. Round Jersey Solo Circumnavigation, Jersey (70K or 43.5 miles)
  12. Jersey-to-France Channel (29K or 18 miles)
  13. Kalamata-Koroni Marathon, Messiniakos Gulf, Greece (30K/16.5 miles)
  14. Lake Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto (minimum 50K or 31-mile course)
  15. Lake Tahoe, California lengthwise (35.4K or 22 miles)
  16. Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, New York, U.S.A. (45.9K or 28.5 miles)
  17. Maui Channel, Hawaii, U.S.A. (15.3K or 9.5 miles)
  18. Molokai Channel, Hawaii, U.S.A. (41.8K or 26 miles)
  19. North (Irish) Channel, Ireland-Scotland (30K or 18.6 miles)
  20. Pennock Island Challenge, Alaska, U.S.A. (13.2K or 8.2 miles)
  21. Rottnest Channel Swim, Perth, Australia (19.7K or 12.2 miles)
  22. Santa Barbara Channel, California, U.S.A. (minimum 30K or 19-mile course)
  23. Strait of Gibraltar, Spain-Morocco (minimum 18.5K or 11.5-mile course)
  24. Swim Across The Sound, Connecticut, U.S.A. (25K or 15.5 miles)
  25. Swim Around Key West, Florida, U.S.A. (20.1K or 12.5 miles)
  26. Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, Florida, U.S.A. (38.6K or 24 miles)
  27. Traversee Internationale du lac St-Jean, Quebec, Canada (32K or 20 miles)
  28. Tsugaru Channel, Japan (20K/12.4 miles)
  29. World 25K Championships (site determined each year) (25K/15.5 miles)
  30. Boston Light Swim, Boston, U.S.A. (12.8K or 8 miles)

Interested swimmers can register here and input their information in the global database.

In future phases of our athlete rankings, we will continue to add additional open water swims of various distances.

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