Tag: Otto Thaning

How Old Can They Go? Very Old

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. We are quite confident that the record books will be completely rewritten over the next 20-30 years in terms of the healthful longevity of open water swimmers. At this time, 73-year-old Dr. Otto Thaning (South Africa), 70-year-old Cyril Baldock (Australia) and 70-year-old Dr. Roger Allsopp (Great Britain)

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Septuagenarian Swimmers Still

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. When Des Renford first swam the English Channel in 1970, he was 43 years old and was referred to in the press as "Maroubra Grandfather Des Renford" because back in the 1970s swimming community, 43 was considered quite advanced in chronological age. But as Renford's articles remained tucked away and became

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Dr. Otto Thaning Knows All About Heart

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Dr. Otto Thaning is a heart surgeon from Cape Town, South Africa who knows a lot about the heart and about heart. While he focuses on the heart (muscle) at work, he know about heart (spirit) in the open water. Last year, he was in England to attempt to become the oldest individual in history to swim across

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Dr. Otto Thaning, 72 And Counting

In 1994 when Dr. Otto Thaning went to England to swim the English Channel. "I remember going down to the post office to send him a telegram," said Lewis Pugh. "To wish him luck. This coming week, I will be tweeting and Facebooking it live. How times have changed." This week, Dr. Thaning is now in Dover again. This time to attempt to cross the Channel

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Standing Up To The Tests Of Time

Dr. Roger Allsopp did it in his 70s. Dr. Allsopp set the standard in terms of the oldest individual to successfully cross the English Channel. His record was enticement for Professor George Thorton who gave a valiant attempt today before pulling out in 9 hours 18 minute and boarding Eddie Spelling's escort boat Anastasia. Next up on the senior scale in

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