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Israelis You Should Know: Avishag Turk

Avishag Turk

An Israeli woman completed a landmark athletic feat this week, swimming across the English Channel. The Times of Israel reports that Avishag Turk became the first Israeli woman - and only second Israeli ever - to finish the grueling 13-hour swim:

“This is the top of the top,” Turk told the Haaretz daily. “The English Channel is the Everest of the open waters.”

Prior to Turk, the only Israeli to swim the entirety of the English Channel was Eitan Friedman, a physician who completed the achievement in 1993.

While the distance between Dover and Calais is 34 kilometers (21 miles), Turk swam some 45 kilometers (28 miles) as a result of the strong currents, according Haaretz.

During her journey across the channel, Turk had to contend with jellyfish and cold waters, but also enjoyed the company of dolphins for part of the trek.

Turk said that despite the tough conditions, she never considered giving up.

“I never thought of quitting, I am not a person who ever thinks about quitting,” she said.

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