The 1950 Daily Mail Race Across The English Channel

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The first Daily Mail race across the English Channel was held in 1950. Limited to 20 participants and sponsored by the London Daily Mail, Hassan Abdel Rehim, a 41-year-old Egyptian, won the race in a then-record time of 10 hours 50 minutes over the international field.

The results were as follows:

1. Hassan Abdel Rehim (Egypt) – 10:50
2. Roger Le Morvan (France) 11:02
3. Mareeh Hassan Hamad (Egypt) 12:10
4. Sam Rockett (Great Britain) 14:17
5. William Barnie (Scotland) 14:50
6. Eileen Fenton (Great Britain) 15:31 – First woman
7. Jason Zirganos (Greece) 16:19
8. Antonio Abertondo (Argentina) 16:25
9. Jenny Kammersgaard (Denmark) 16:30
DNF Emile Soron (France)
DNF Eduard Mussche (Belgium)
DNF David Frank (USA)
DNF Willy Van Rysel (Holland)
DNF G.B. Brewster (Great Britain)
DNF Panagiotis Kamberous (Greece)
DNF Elna Andersen (Denmark)
DNF Margaret Ann Feather
DNF Fahmmy Attallah (Egypt)

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