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Charlie Wittmack crosses Channel

Updated: July 15, 2011, 5:24 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

DOVER, England -- For five years, Charlie Wittmack dreamt of what it would be like to cross the English Channel and scrape his knuckles while swimming into the north shore of France.

On Sunday that dream came true, as Wittmack crossed the choppy Channel waters in twelve hours exactly, becoming the first American to complete the Peak and Pond, the name given to the task of climbing Mt. Everest and completing the Channel swim.

The triumph came two years after Wittmack's ...

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