Chinese man breaks record for swimming across freshwater lake

17:07, August 10, 2010      

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At 8:50 p.m. on Aug. 9, Zhang Jian, a Chinese man, broke the record for swimming the longest distance across a freshwater lake in human history after an uninterrupted swim of 36 and a half hours.

Zhang started his swim at 8:20 a.m. on Aug. 8 at Xingkai Lake in Baipaozi Town, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. The distance is 50 kilometers as the crow flies and the actual distance is 69 kilometers.

Besides the long distance, Zhang also encountered difficulties in the low buoyancy in fresh water, the sunshine in daytime and trouble distinguishing direction at night. A storm over the lake added even more troubles to Zhang's feat.

It was the first time for Zhang to perform long-distance swimming since he swam across Lingding Sea in south China's Guangdong Province in September 2005.

Although he is aging, he strived to carry out adjustability training and established a careful safety plan with the help from an expert team before the successful swim.

By Ye Xin, People's Daily Online


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