British sprint canoeist Paul Wycherley kayaked across the English Channel in a new record time on October 2, beating the mark set by his coach Ian Wynne, says BBC. Wynne, a bronze medallist at the Athens Olympics in 2004, had crossed it in two hours and 59 minutes in 2007. Wycherley took two hours and 28 minutes. “I got quite sore near the end but I'm chuffed to bits and I got a really good time,” Wycherley told the media. “It's October so you could expect wind and a lot of swell, but we had a really calm day. “A few people asked me if [crossing the Channel] is what I needed to be doing before 2012 [the Olympics], and simply the answer is yes.”

Watch these links:

Destination 2012 - Paul Wycherley Interview

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lVlLgxCTdI

Cross Channel Challenge Promo Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry4mua3rOe0