73-years-old Japanese water races’ veteran Toshio Tominaga became the oldest person in the World to swim across the Tsugaru Channel in the North of Japan. He swam about 40 km and struggled during approx. ten hours against very dangerous water’s currents, informed AFP.
This swim race was organized by records’ hunters and considered as one of the toughest in the World, due to its strong Ocean’s unpredictable currents. The Tsugaru Strait, which separates the main Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, is no wider than 19,5 km, but rather capricious. Brave Tominaga has had to swim for 38 km to the North, wiping strong currents that took him to the East.
After 9 hours and 58 minutes of the water race, which he had begun on 5 h 30 min in the morning local time, this septuagenarian swimmer finally touched land. «He is the oldest person in the World to achieve the challenge” — explained his team on Facebook. All the more impressive was, that the organizers expected that Toshio Tominaga could swimming a dozen hours initially.
Crossing the Tsugaru Strait is far from a trivial performance. The swimmers generally challenge in order to achieve the set of «Seven Oceans’ — seven water crossings including those of the Strait of Gibraltar, English Channel, Cook Strait and others, says the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA).
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