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October 12, 2014 12:46 pm

6 Israelis Break World Record for Longest Open-Water Swim

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JNS.org A year and a half of training came to an impressive end Saturday morning when six Israeli swimmers—coach Ori Sela, Oded Rahav, Udi Erel, Ben Enosh, Doron Amosi, and Luc Chetboun—broke the Guinness World Record for the longest open-water relay distance swim.

The six swam 236 miles from Paphos port in Cyprus to Herzliya Marina in Israel. The event— called the Cyprus Israel Swim for Clean Seas—was held in cooperation with Zalul, an Israeli NGO devoted to keeping the sea clean, and was dedicated to raising awareness about marine pollution.

“We’ve made history. A total of 124 hours of swimming, 14,000 strokes in the water for each of us,” the swimmers said, according to Israel Hayom.

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