- Martyn Webster
- 31:57:30 hour(s):minute(s)
- United Kingdom (Glenthorne)
The fastest aggregate time to swim the Original Triple Crown by a male is 31 hours 57 minutes 30 seconds, achieved by Martyn Webster (UK) when he successfully swam across the Bristol Channel from Glenthorne (West Somerset) to Porthcawl (south Wales) in 9 hours 10 minutes on 19 September 2022. He had previously swam the North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland on 13 August 2019 (in 11 hours 12 minutes 30 seconds) and the English Channel between England and France on 16 September 2021 (in 11 hours 35 minutes).
Webster had previously completed two further swims of the English Channel (on 25 August 2016 and 28 August 2018), all ratified by the Channel Swimming Association. The North Channel swim was ratified by Infinity Channel Swimming and the Bristol Channel swim was ratified by the Bristol Channel Swimming Association.
The fastest female to complete the Original Triple Crown is Siân Clement (UK) with an aggregate time of 39 hours 34 minutes 32 seconds after completing her final swim, the North Channel, on 10 July 2022. Clement is the first woman in history to accomplish the Original Triple Crown of open-water swimming.
The first person to complete the Original Triple Crown of open-water swimming was Kevin Murphy (UK) in 1971: he swam the English Channel on 15 August 1968 (15 hours 55 minutes), the North Channel on 11 September 1970 (11 hours 21 minutes) and the Bristol Channel on 14 July 1971 (13 hours 54 minutes) - a cumulative time of 41 hours 10 minutes.
The modern Triple Crown of open-water swimming also includes the English Channel as one of its three required crossings, but the other two routes are located in the USA: the Catalina Channel between Santa Catalina Island and mainland California and a circumnavigation swim of Manhattan Island in New York.