Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Michael Read is always considered among the most prolific swimmers in history with a career that has long spanned both pool and open water swimming.

With 33 English Channel crossings to his name and hundreds of other marathon swims in lakes and seas around the world, Read is still churning away, adding to his legacy year after year.

The 75-year-old British phenom enjoyed another excellent year in 2016 with 11 national masters swimming titles added to his career total as well as a 27 km Gulf of Toroneos marathon swim in Greece (in 9 hours 38 minutes where he finished 11th out of 20 athletes), and a 25th place finish at the 16 km Faros Maratón Swim in Stari Grad, Croatia:

Sudbury Short Course Masters Valentines Meet Results
*50m 37.48 1st
*100m 1.25.65 1st
*200m 3.06.69 1st
*400m 6.29.96 1st
*100 IM 1.47.78 1st
*200 IM 3.48.79 1st
*50 butterfly 52.22 1st
*100 butterfly 2.00.16 1st
*200 butterfly 4.27.36 1st

ASA Masters Long Course Sheffield Results
*200 butterfly 4.34.21 1st
*400m 6.36.13 3rd
*200m 3.04.22 2nd
*400 IM 8.15.50 1st
*200 IM 3.48.38 1st
*800m 13.58.99 3rd
*1500 29.36.00 1st
*3 km open water 59.52.00 1st

46th International Swimming Marathon of Toroneos Gulf
*27 km, 9 hours 38 minutes, 11th out of 20 participants

Norfolk and Norwich Open Masters Meet Results
*100m 1.21.91 1st
*200m 3.08.86 1st
*400m 6.42.70 1st
*200 IM 3.50.68 1st
*100 butterfly 2.04.00 1st
*200 butterfly 4.39.54 1st

European Masters London Aquatic Centre Results
*200 butterfly 4.35 3rd
*400 Free 6.35 4th

Faros Maratón Swim, Stari Grad, Croatia
*16 km, 25th, 5.40.16

European Masters Open Water Results
*5 km, Rijeka, 1.37.28, 2nd

ASA Masters Short Course Sheffield Results
*200 butterfly 4.30.54 1st
*400m 6.38.09 1st
*200m 3.05.37 3rd
*400 IM 8.12.35 1st
*200 IM 3.44.19 1st
*800m 13.45.77 1st
*50 butterfly 52.22 2nd
*1500m 26.02.28 1st
*100m 1.23.58 7th
*100 IM 1.43.09 3rd
*100 butterfly 1.58.29 3rd

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