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WILD SWIMMING IN SLOVENIA WITH THE MAN WHO CONQUERED THE WORLD’S DEADLIEST RIVER

It is not too much to say that Martin Strel is the strongest man I have ever met. And when I say strong I don’t mean in the muscular, Hercules-esque sense of the word; I mean strong as in indestructible.

The 63-year-old Slovenian might be a little rotund of frame but he’s also one of the most elite endurance athletes in the world. This unlikely hero is the greatest marathon swimmer to have lived, holding successive Guinness World Records and claiming the accolade of being the only man to have swum five of the greatest rivers on the planet: the Yangtze, Paraná, Mississippi, Danube and Amazon. 

 

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