Guernsey woman becomes first islander to swim around Manhattan

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Guernsey long-distance swimmer Rosie Williams is thought to have become the first person from the island to complete the ’20 Bridges Swim’ in New York.

The 27-year-old, who swam the Channel last year, completed the 28.5 mile distance around Manhattan in nine hours, one minute and twenty six seconds.

She was one of 16 people to tackle the event at the weekend, which forms part of open-water swimming’s ‘triple crown’, alongside the English Channel and Catalina Channel in California.

Williams says she now plans to take a break from long-distance swimming to focus on local events, but says she hopes to complete the last of the three triple-crown swims in the next couple of years.

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