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Champion ice swimmer drowns in Yenisei River

Nikolay Petshak, 64, who swam from Russia to America, died in ‘accident’ in river where he carried the Olympic flame.

Petshak had been an ice swimmer for 40 years and he drowned while exercising in summer in the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk region, confirmed local sporting officials.

He was famous for enduring temperatures of 2 or 3C for at least 40 minutes.

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