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2019 Year in Review: Amazing Sports Stories

To recap 2019, is taking a look back at some of the most interesting stories we’ve covered this year.
Today we’re looking at some amazing stories from the world of sports.

Sarah Thomas Swims English Channel – 4 Times

Sarah Thomas swimming.
On Tuesday, 37-year-old American swimmer Sarah Thomas set a new record by swimming the English Channel four times. Ms. Thomas is the first person in the world ever to do this.

Nepalese Man Climbs 14 Mountains in 6 Months

Nims Purja at the top of Shishapangma.
Nirmal “Nims” Purja has just set several world records after completing a mountain climbing challenge he set for himself: climbing the world’s 14 highest mountains in less than seven months.

Simone Biles Sets World Record With 25 Medals

Five times World Champion in Stuttgart 2019: Simone Biles (USA) – picture: Dinkelacker
After winning five out of six possible gold medals in the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship last week, US gymnast Simone Biles has set a new record – the gymnast who’s won the most medals ever.

One Legged Man Sets Atlantic Rowing Record

Lee Spencer rowing in his rowboat.
On March 11, Lee Spencer, who has just one leg, smashed the world record for a single person rowing from Europe to South America, beating the old record by over 36 days.

After 62 Marathons, Broken Leg Slows Water Run

Ultra runner and water campaigner, Mina Guli celebrates her support team finishing a marathon in Cape Town, South Africa during the #RunningDry Expedition, on 5 January 2019
Mina Guli has run 62 marathons – one a day since early November. She planned to run 100 to focus attention on the world’s growing water problems, but now she’s broken her leg and can’t go on.

Nadal Sets Record by Winning 12th French Open

Rafael Nadal (ESP) def. John Isner (USA) Roland Garros 2011 - mardi 24 mai - 1er tour - Court Philippe Chatrier
On June 9, Rafael Nadal became the first person to win 12 titles at the same Grand Slam tennis contest by beating Dominic Thiem in the French Open.

Blind Sailor Sails Non-Stop Across the Pacific

Mitsuhiro Iwamoto sailing.
Mitsuhiro Iwamoto has been blind since he was 16. He wanted to prove that his blindness didn’t limit what he can do. Last week Mr. Iwamoto became the first blind person to sail non-stop across the Pacific Ocean.



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