42-year-old Philippe Croizon is the first man without arms and legs who could cross the 22-mile-wide (35,4 km) English Channel that separates England and France. Phileppe lost his arms and legs in a horrific incident 16 years ago when he received a powerful electrical discharge of current while trying to fix a television antenna.
When he saw a documentary on swimmers who had crossed the channel, he made up his mind about doing the same. He started practicing 30 hours a week. And he succeeded. Wearing a special swimsuit, he started the race from the British port of Folkestone at 7.00 am and finished at 9.13 pm in the French city of Wissant. Incredible feat!