Sport: The Big Swim

On the rain-soaked beach at Cap Gris Nez one night last week, 24 grease-plastered men & women waded into the English Channel and struck out for England. By next night, when the last competitor was pulled exhausted from the water, a world's record had been broken, seven men and two women had succeeded in swimming all the way to Dover beach.

Those who shared in the glory and in the London Daily Mail's £4,000 purse:

¶Hassan Abd el Rahim, 42, burly, fat-padded Egyptian army lieutenant, who refreshed himself mid-Channel with five cups of tea and coffee, two cheese sandwiches, a pear and...