Monique Blok-Wildschut was the greatest professional marathon swimmer of her generation and one of the greatest of all time. She was the six-time World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation champion between 1983 and 1988. The longer, the colder, the rougher the conditions, the tougher, the stronger, the faster the Dutch swimmer became. A typical race saw her go head-to-head against the best men in her era including at the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Canada where she placed second overall in the 64 km Traversée in 17 hours 28 minutes.
In the 35th Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean on July 30th 1989, the swimmers set off late at night [see above photo] and did a tough two-way 64 km crossing of lac St-Jean, finishing in the following order:
1. Paul Asmuth (USA) 17 hours 6 minutes 53 seconds
2. Monique Wildschut (Netherlands) 17 hours 28 minutes 7 seconds
3. Mohamed Elmessery, (Egypt) 17 hours 47 minutes 3 seconds
4. Claudio Plit (Argentina) 18 hours 48 minutes 7 seconds
5. Nathalie Patenaude (Canada) 19 hours 19 minutes 20 seconds
DNF Nasser El Shazly (Egypt)
DNF Alejandro Larriera (Argentina)
DNF Philip Rush (New Zealand)
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