First Woman Completes Golden Gate Swim

Beginning from the Farallon Islands

“I’m completely overwhelmed. This is something that I’ve wanted for so long, and I can’t believe I did it.” (Mikael Moreira / Flickr)

On Saturday afternoon, New Zealander Kim Chambers became the first woman to swim the 30 miles from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge, CNN reported. She completed the course, which is notorious for sharks, in 17 hours and 12 minutes.

Chambers began swimming in 2009, after a case of acute compartment syndrome put her mobility at risk, according to her website. Doctors considered amputating her leg, but after two years of rehabilitation, the 38-year-old began to take part in ultra-distance open-water events. She has since completed long-distance swims in open waters around the world, including the English Channel and the Strait of Gibraltar.

Chambers is the fifth person in history to finish the Farallon swim.

“I’m completely overwhelmed,” she told CNN. “This is something that I’ve wanted for so long, and I can’t believe I did it.”

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