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World Open Water Swimming Records (EXTREME ENDS) The list below is a short list of open water swimming records (under 10 kilometers) done without wetsuits and according to traditional English Channel rules. With over 70% of the Earth covered in water, the number of records and locations to swim are numerous and potentially endless. If you know of any additional records or new records that have been set, please email the name of the world record holder, their country, date (month, day and year), location, distance and official time to Open Water Source. Antarctica Records First Swim: Lynne Cox (USA), 2002, Orlova (ship) to Neko Harbor, 0:25, 1.2 miles, nonwetsuit swim following English Channel rules Most Southern Swim: Ram Barkai (South Africa), 7 February 2008, 1K at 70° latitude near Maitri in 1°C water with 0°C (32°F) air temperature North Pole Records First Swim: Lewis Pugh (Great Britain), July 2007, 18:50, 1K, non-wetsuit swim following English Channel rules Lake Imja, Mount Everest (1K, Nepal) First Crossing: Lewis Pugh (Great Britain), 2010 at 5,300-meter (17,000+ feet) altitude, nonwetsuit swim following English Channel rules Lake Zürich, Switzerland First Winter Swim in Lake Zürich, Switzerland: Ram Barkai (South Africa), February 2009, 2.2K in 4°C (39°F) water with 32°F (0°C) air temperature and a 19°F (-7°C) wind chill, nonwetsuit swim following English Channel rules Amazon River, Peru to Brazil (5,450K) First Stage Swim: Martin Strel (Slovenia), 1 February to 7 April 2007, 5,268K in 66 days from source to estuary Fastest Stage Swim: Darko Novovic (Serbia), November 2010, 46 days from source to estuary Danube River through European Countries (3,004K) First Stage Swim: Martin Strel (Slovenia), 25 June to 23 August 2000, 58 days Danube River from Melk, Austria to Paks, Hungary (504.5K) First Non-Stop River Swim: Ricardo Hoffman (Argentina), 481.5K, 84 hours and 37 minutes Longest Non-stop River Swim: Martin Strel (Slovenia), 504.5K, July 2001, 84 hours and 10 minutes

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Mississippi River, USA (3,797K) First Stage Swim: Martin Strel (Slovenia), 4 July to 9 September 2002, 68 days from source to estuary Paraná River, Argentina from Iguazzu Falls to Rio de La Plata, Buenos Aires (3,998K) First Stage Swim: Martin Strel (Slovenia), 15 November to 8 December 2003, 24 days from source to estuary Yangtze River, China (4,003K) First Stage Swim: Martin Strel (Slovenia), 10 June 2004 to 30 July 2004, 51 days from source to Shanghai Lignano to Ravenna, Italy (162.5K) Longest Ocean Swim in Europe: Martin Strel (Slovenia), 1994, 55 hours and 11 minutes Venice to Portorose, Italy (100K) Fastest Swim: Martin Strel (Slovenia), 1996, 41 hours and 11 minutes

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