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South Africans excel in icy Alaskan island extreme cold water swim race

The original article is posted (with pictures) on LeapCommunications.

Two South Africans tied for third place and five others completed one of the world’s longest cold water swim races, 13.2km around a remote island off Alaska on Sunday, characterized by the presence of Humpback whales.

Renowned Capetonian extreme swimmers Kieron Palframan and Ryan Stramrood, both 35, surged through a field of 50 solo and relay participants in the Pennock Island Challenge, in south western Alaska, to tie for third in a time of 3h26 min while their teammates all completed the race in what they termed “respectable” times.

The water temperature varied from 14 to 15 degrees along the route while the air temperature was a chilly 12 degrees.

All seven South Africans were among 14 of the 43 entrants who did not wear wetsuits and three of them, Ram Barkai, 51, Andrew Chin, 40, and Toks Viviers, 47, were the only swimmers to participate without caps which are vital to retaining body heat.

First 25km swim around from Palm to Palm marks World Diabetes Day

The original article by Leah Oatway is posted (with picture) on The National since November 14. 2009 7:23PM GMT

DUBAI // Jason Thom emerged from the sea at the popular Le Meridien Mina Seyahi beach resort to a hero’s welcome yesterday after swimming for almost five hours from Palm Jebel Ali to Palm Jumeirah to raise awareness for World Diabetes Day.

Dozens of friends, work colleagues and onlookers waded into the water to greet the 29-year-old financier from Johannesburg, South Africa, as he completed the final 200 metres of his exhausting, 25km journey.

Mr Thom, the first man to attempt the swim, began training for it six months ago, spurred on by the desire to raise awareness for a disease which affects one in five adults in the UAE, the second-highest rate in the world behind only the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru.

An interview with Steven Munatones

The original blog is posted on open water swmming since October 13, 2009 at 8:46 am

Today we are thrilled to have a conversation with Steven Munatones, who may know more about OW swimming, swims, history, training, competitors, and techniques than any other human on the planet. He is the man behind 10KSwimmer, the encyclopaedic must-read blog for anyone interested in OW swimming. We don’t know how he manages to be everywhere at once in the world of OW swimming, but we are thankful he does.

Read on for our interview with Steven Munatones, with a few special tips for newer competitive OW swimmers at the bottom.

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I see my role to help promote the sport, educate coaches and support athletes and parents in any way possible using every form of media available. I also see my role as a historian of the sport and helping document the rules and write about swimmers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Human Polar Bear Attempting Swim On Everest

The original article is posted (with picture) on CityTalk since 2009-09-23

A British swimmer nicknamed "the human polar bear" is planning to become the first man to swim in a lake on Mount Everest, to highlight the effects of climate change in the Himalayas.

Next April Lewis Gordon Pugh will take a dip in the waters of a lake on the Khumbu Glacier, 17,000ft above sea level.

He will attempt the 1km swim in just his Speedos, swimming cap and goggles and is expecting, or possibly hoping, to only spend 20 minutes in the water.

The mountain range's glaciers provide water to more than 1.3bn people and are receding faster than in any part of the world.

Temperatures in the Himalayas have risen by around 1 degree Celsius and some are predicting the glaciers could be gone within 25 years.

The endurance swimmer said: "These glaciers are not just ice. They are a lifeline - they provide water to a fifth of the world's population.

How I got my body: Keri-anne Payne, open-water swimmer

The original article is posted on BejingGames since September 19th, 2009

Name: Keri-anne Payne
Sport: Open-water swimming
Age: 21
Height: 5ft 10in
Weight: 67kg

Born to British parents in Johannesburg, Payne moved to Britain when she was 13. She now lives near Manchester and trains with the British swimming squad as part of Stockport ITC (Intensive Training Centre). Three of the squad won medals in the open-water 10k in Beijing. Payne won a silver after leading the field for two hours, and more recently a gold in the open-water 10k World Championships.

People always ask how many lengths I can do.It's like asking how many breaths can I take. I could do lengths all day - but there's a limit to how much it's advisable to do.

By Way Of The Bristol Channel

source: 10kswim.blogspot.com

Gethin Jones of Swansea became the first person to swim across the Bristol Channel from Ilfracombe to Swansea. The Bristol Channel is an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean that separates Wales from southwest England. Gethin swam 30.5 nautical miles in 21 hours and 39 minutes.

With an English Channel crossing under his belt, Gethin faced a longer distance and the world's second largest tidal variation when crossing the Bristol Channel. "The swim was definitely as tough as I imagined," said the 43=year-old Gethin. "In the end, we weren't sure where we were going to land. I just needed to touch the cliff, but I made the decision to swim that little bit extra in order to come into Caswell Bay, my training beach."

Swimmer aims for long-distance trifecta

The original article by Don Norcross is posted on SignonsanDiego since 2:00 a.m. September 11, 2009

Seconds past midnight on Aug. 25, Todd Robinson dived into the dark water off Catalina Island. His quest? With the aid of an illuminated kayak and kayaker to guide the way and swimmers pacing him, cross the 21-mile Catalina Channel to Palos Verdes on his first attempt. And, if fortunate, break the men's world record.

Eight hours, five minutes and 44 seconds later, crawling on all fours across jagged rocks interspersed between bolders, Robinson cleared the water line, accomplishing both goals.

Hypothermic and barely able to stand, Robinson did not thrust both arms skyward in celebration. Instead, he was propped up by two of his pacers. Swimming back to his support boat, Robinson was informed he had broken the 16-year-old men's world record by nine minutes, two seconds.

For a World without Borders and without Barriers

Rome, 28th September 2009 source: perunmondosenzabarriere.blogspot.com

The photo story >>>here<<<

Yesterday, 27th September, I concluded an extraordinary experience which took me around Europe for five months. If I think of the time in which I was planning this project, I feel as if I have lived a dream come true. The dream wasn’t that I successfully concluded a tough, but not impossible challenge, but in the results I achieved from a human point o view.
During these five months, I’ve discovered some very special people, full of enthusiasm and true testimonials of the word solidarity. To find friends with whom to share a project is already in some ways a victory and at this moment I feel I am a winner! It’s in Sport, in this healthy and marvellous environment, that for the first time I understood that diversity can be an added value.


Terrific Three Days In Three Seas

source partnersite: 10kswimmer.com

Between September 23-25, 10 swimmers completed the 30K Three Days in Three Seas marathon swim (called Shlosha Yamim BeShlosha Yamim in Hebrew) over the course of 53 hours.

The swimmers did 3 10K swims in 3 different seas on 3 consecutive days.

On Day 1, the group, ages 24-55, swam in an aquatic peloton (pace line) and started in the north with a 10K in the Sea of Galilee. On Day 2, the group did their 10K in the Mediterranean off the coast of Tel Aviv. On Day 3, the group did a 10K in the Red Sea, from the southernmost border between Israel and Jordan to the border of Israel and Egypt.

How to swim the five Great Lakes

The original article by Alison Korn is posted on The Ottawa Citizen since September 7, 2009

Paula Stephanson's formula is simple: Train hard. Eat well. Don't quit

Paula Stephanson's five amazing Great Lakes swims are fuelled by plain pasta, rewarded by Hawaiian pizza, and enabled by 20 years of swim training — some of it at the Walter Baker Sports Centre in Barrhaven.

No exotic supplements, expensive protein shakes, or secret workouts -- just tons of mileage, a common-sense approach to nutrition, and a definite stubbornness.

"Try and tell me I can't do something and I'll try to prove you wrong," Stephanson laughs. "I don't take anything at all. If I'm getting sick, I'll try and drink a lot of orange juice to fight it, but that's about it."

Martin Strel: Swimming the Amazon

The original article by Caitlin Thompson is posted (with picture) on Time since Tuesday, Sep. 08, 2009

In 2007, Slovenian Martin Strel became the first person to swim the Amazon River — all 3,300 miles of it — an odyssey that saw him battling parasites, piranhas and man-hungry Amazonian women. The laid-back Strel, who didn't swim his first river until after the age 50, talked to Time about his training regimen — which includes copious amounts of wine. A documentary film chronicling his swim, Big River Man, was released last week.

You didn't start swimming rivers until you were in your 50s. What got you into it?

500K, World Record Attempt summary

500K, Day 8, Record Broken

17th September, the existing Guinness Book of World Records open water relay swim record of 480K was broken by the 220-person Camlough Record Breakers in northern Ireland. Local swimming legend Myles McCourt swam the leg which broke the record and Paul McCann then set off to carry on to extend the record. The non-stop relay will continued until this Saturday.

500K, Day 7: 137 Hours Down, 400K Swum, 100K Left

As of Tuesday morning, 137 hours into their world record open water swimming relay attempt, the 220-person team in northern Ireland has covered 400.5K and is scheduled to break the record tomorrow. Relay organizers estimate they will be able to set the record by swimming 650K non-stop over a 9-day period - which will be a very difficult record to break.

500K, Day 6: 113 Hours Down, 328K Swum, 172K Left

As of 11:00 am local time today, the world record attempt at the longest open water swimming relay in history is making significant headway.

685.5K, 10 Days To An Amazing World Record

source: 10kswimmer.com

In picturesque Camlough in northern Ireland, a world open water swimming relay record was set by a group of 220 swimmers after 9 nights and 10 days of non-stop swimming. Officially called the Guinness World Record for Longest Continuous Open Water Relay Swim, the relay took 232 hours 52 minutes and 30 seconds to complete 685.5K (426.5 miles).

The relay easily broke the previously record of 480K.

From the first swimmer, Conor Murphy, who started swimming on September 9th, to the last swimmer, Donna Cooke, who finished on September 19th, the enthusiasm, extensive planning and logistical support was overwhelming.

The idea was the brainchild of local swimming enthusiasts Aoife McCourt-Lynch and Padraig Mallon who worked tirelessly to recruit and then provide the operational support of swimmers of all ages and abilities from across Ireland. Together with the support and involvement of the local community, the 10-day effort was a triumph shared by many.

Lake Baikal

This year swim in Baikal had been delayed till next season by a number of reasons:
- We started too late, and had not managed to find a proper escort boat(s) (everything has been booked already, what's left is not good for us by safety reasons - strong wind and high waves are not rare there ).
- More than that, a girl from our team had received eventually a time slot for her English Channel attempt in the mid of this August - that meant that my coach and me had to go to the UK to support her, this is of high importance for promotion of our sport in Russia.
- Early July and late August are not good for Baikal - a season for swimming there is really short (if we can speak about the season there at all), just from 20 July till 15 Aug. Most of swimmers who are interested in Baikal were already busy at that time with other swims. I had received around 20 responses to my announcement from all over the world. Baikal is a great goal, we will work on it, next season for sure.



Sheer grit helped him swim against the current

The original article by Sutapa Mukkerjee is posted on The Pioneer since Friday, August 28, 2009.

Kolkata - After setting many records, physically challenged Masudur plans to cross Palk Strait next year

It is sheer destiny that despite coming down under a speeding goods train a child continues to breathe. The 11-year old boy had no clue what had happened to him. For hours together he lay unconscious. When he regained his senses, he was shattered as he could never lead his happy jumpy days again — both his legs had been torn away by the cruel wheels of the speeding engine. “A thirty-year-old episode but an indelible one,” says Masudur Rahman Baidya of Kolkata.