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Sarah Thomas – an American female athlete who had been treated for breast cancer, became the first person to swim the Manche Strait four times without stopping for more than 54 hours.
Sarah Thomas is 37 years old and a long-distance swimmer from Colorado (USA), who completed his feat on September 17 when she finished in Dover, the coastal town of southern England in the presence of a group of supporters.
In a clip posted to Facebook, Sarah Thomas said that she was a bit tired after swimming nearly 130 miles (209km) due to the influence of the tide. According to AFP, before Thomas, only 4 athletes swam completed 3 nonstop swim sessions across the 21-mile strait between England and France.
Speaking to the BBC, Thomas said that she didn’t believe she had done it. She really just got a little numb. A lot of people on the beach came to ask her and wish her well, they are really cute, but she almost felt a little overwhelmed.
Thomas said the biggest difficulty was the saltiness of the seawater because it made her throat and mouth very painful, while being constantly jellyfish touching the face. According to Thomas’s mother, in order to complete such a long swim, every 30 minutes, she drank a mixture of protein, electrolyte and caffeine supplemented by the people on the escort, tied to the supply line.
Long-distance swimmer Lewis Pugh wrote on Twitter praising Thomas’s achievement as extraordinary, wonderful, and sublime. Before departing, Thomas posted on social media: “This swimming challenge is dedicated to all people who have overcome cancer, for those of us who have ever prayed for life, for those who have wondered in despair what something bad is going to happen, and for those who fought to overcome pain and fear”.
Thomas received a diagnosis of breast cancer four months after she completed 104.6 miles of non-stop swimming at Lake Champlain (US-Canada border) in August 2017. Because cancer cells have begun to spread to the lymph nodes under one arm, in the summer of 2018, Thomas had to undergo intensive treatment.
Sports in Malaysia has just received a shock when authorities officially announced the case of a famous coach of this country’s swimming team and were indicted for raping a talented female athlete who is being evaluated as a hope in the 2020 Olympics.
According to AFP, coach Huang Qiang (35) was accused of raping a 20-year-old athlete of diving (anonymity for legal reasons) of the Malaysian swimming team at a gym in the Bukit Sports Complex. Jalil in Kuala Lumpur on the afternoon of September 26. Cheow Wee, the victim’s lawyer, said Huang did not deny the charges when summoned to a court in Kuala Lumpur on 11 October. Coach Huang, who was born in China but has Malaysian nationality and now has a wife and two children, will face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. This is the first sex scandal in Malaysian sports in more than 2 decades.
“She was injured but now has to deal with the public. The organizations and associations involved are doing their utmost support for her and her family”, Cheow said of the raped female athlete. Traditional media in Malaysia also said the incident occurred when the above-mentioned female athlete was in the process of training and training with the national swimming team in order to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo (Japan).
The above information attracted interest in the Malaysian sports village by coach Huang, who was quite famous in his career before coaching. Huang competed for the Chinese swimming team and won the gold medal at the 1998 Asian Games at the age of 16. This coach then won the gold medals for the men’s 10m doubles at FINA Diving World Cup 2000 and World Cup Living 2000 in Sydney (Australia). In 2011, Huang was granted Malaysian nationality and qualified to represent this country to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games. According to AFP, Huang coach is now released on bail after a guarantee of 50,000 ringgit (about 11,800) and forced must return the passport to prevent escape from escaping. The next hearing for Coach Huang is scheduled for 6.11.
Jumping is considered one of the strongest sports in Malaysia. Most recently, Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong won the silver medal in the women’s 10m doubles event at the 2016 Olympic Games. Malaysia also recently won 13 sports gold medals mentioned above at the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.