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American woman Sarah Thomas, 37, becomes first person to swim English Channel four times non-stop in 54-hour marathon

AMERICAN woman Sarah Thomas has become the first person to swim the English Channel four times in a row.

She arrived in Dover this morning after more than 54 hours in the water.

Ms Thomas was pushed back by strong tides on the final leg but finished at about 6.30am.

Before this only four swimmers had crossed the Channel three times without stopping.

No-one had ever completed a fourth leg.

Ms Thomas celebrated entering the record books with champagne and chocolates.

Her remarkable achievement comes just a year after she had treatment for breast cancer.

Her support team said she "used the swimming as her means of coping with the treatment".

She completed her first open-water event in 2007 and first swam the Channel in 2012 and again in 2016.

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