Barry Watson Reminiscences About The Past On WOWSA Live

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Barry Watson was sponsored by his home town to cross the English Channel in 1964. He proved their investment in him was a wise one.

The famed 82-year-old British marathon swimmer recalled the parade and large number of well-wishers who greeted him upon his return home with fellow International Marathon Swimming Hall of Famer Ned Denison during the May 9th edition of WOWSA Live.

During the interview, Watson talked about:

* his world record crossing of the English Channel in 9 hours 35 minutes in August 1964 at the age of 25 from France to England
* 5,000 to 6,000 people who greeted him back at his hometown after his record swim [see below]
* the history of the British Long Distance Swimming Association
* his victories in Windermere including the 1966 International Long Distance Swimming Championships
* swimming against rival Kevin Murphy
* his attempts at two-way crossings of the English Channel
* his friendship with Olympic triathletes Alistair Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee

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