Oliver Wilkinson sets Manhattan mark

Updated: September 28, 2011, 8:51 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Australia's Oliver Wilkinson broke the record for the fastest swim around Manhattan, completing the 28.5-mile course in 5 hours, 44 minutes, 2 seconds Wednesday in the NYC Swim Manhattan Match Race and Record Attempt.

The 36-year-old Wilkinson broke the mark of 5:45:25 set by Australia's Shelley Taylor-Smith in 1995.

Rondi Davies, a 41-year-old New York swimmer, became the fastest American -- male or female -- to circle the borough, also topping Taylor-Smith's time in 5:44:47.

The record swim started and finished just south of the 103rd Street Footbridge to Randall's Island in the Harlem River, with the pair swimming in a counterclockwise direction.


Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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