Benjamin Freeman, All Upside In The Open Water

Benjamin Freeman, All Upside In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Benjamin Freeman does not waste any time.

The 16-year-old Australian swimmer [shown on left with race director Doug Woodring] won the 2014 15 km Clean Half Marathon Swim in Hong Kong in the same race his sister Jemma Freeman won the women’s division.

The next year at the age of 17, he completed a fast 9 hour 10 minute crossing of the English Channel. This year, he continues his rapid pace. In June, he won the 45.8 km 20 Bridges Manhattan Swim in 6 hours 55 minutes.

On July 13th, he completed a Catalina Channel crossing from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in a 8 hours 47 minutes.

At the age of 19, he became the fourth youngest individual to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming [behind 16-year-old American Charlotte Samuels, 17-year-old Indian Prabhat Koli, and 18-year-old Australian Lachlan Hinds.

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