"Nothing Great is Easy" - Kevin Murphy vs. Des Renford documentary (1977)

evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
edited March 29 in General Discussion

Recently came across this amazing bit of marathon swimming history, a famous "duel" to determine "the greatest endurance swimmer of our times" - a series of swims pitting Kevin Murphy against Des Renford.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHy7e1PCxiI

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  • suziedodssuziedods Charter Member

    I love watching this for so many reasons. I had "high " tea w Des Renford in 1992 at what is now the Best Western in Dover. Truth. I also am fascinated by his stroke! Not exactly classic . And the machismo of both of them... just well, cracks me up.

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  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member

    Watched it last night and really loved it. Thanks for finding this!

    smith
  • Tracy_ClarkTracy_Clark Norwich, United KingdomMember

    This is really great - thanks so much for sharing!!

  • phodgeszohophodgeszoho UKSenior Member

    Loved the medical expert guy: "Theoretically, channel swimming at any time is impossible." :-)

    fascinating video. Great to watch. Thanks for sharing.

    Tracy_ClarkHelbeevmo
  • smithsmith O-H-I-OMember

    After watching this, I have a much better understanding as to how and why Kevin Murphy was so prolific. His mental state under the most adverse circumstances is simply far beyond what most humans can both endure and fathom. It's a rare form of extreme calm and mental toughness. Never rattles.

    DanSimonellievmo

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  • MpolMpol Toronto, Ontario, CanadaMember

    Kevin Murphy must be one of the all-time heros of marathon swimmimg to have endured through all he has, in his long career. It is absolutely inspiring! Loch Ness is a remarkable body of water!

  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member

    This film just makes me yearn for the days I read about in Wind, Waves and Sunburn. We need more of these crazy races.

  • msathletemsathlete Victoria, British Colubia, CanadaSenior Member

    What a great piece of history. Fantastic watch. I have shared it out on FB as well. Thanks @evmo

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