Jan 12 2021

Russian swimmer Nekrasova claims world record for longest under-ice swim

Russian swimmer Ekaterina Nekrasova swam 85-metre (279 feet) beneath the ice of the world deepest Lake Baikal in Siberia, January 7, claiming a new world record for the longest under-ice swim, while wearing just a regular bathing suit.

The 40-year-old swimmer could be seen swimming the 85-meter distance under the ice without surfacing for 1.5 minutes in the 0-degree-Celsius waters.

On her social network page, Nekrasova expressed her feeling, calling her record a ‘Christmas miracle.’

The head of the winter swimming club Andrei Bugai showed the distance markers between two holes in the 25-centimetre-thick ice, where Nekrasova has claimed the record.

South African swimmer Amber Fillary had set the previous world record of 70 metres (230 feet) in Norway in 2020.


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