Courtesy of Canah along the Danube River, Germany.

On his fourth attempt, Romanian endurance athlete Avram Iancu completed a 17 hour 54 minute crossing of the English Channel.

Iancu will need that same depth of commitment and passion for open water swimming as he just set off on a 60-day stage swim of 2,860 km in the Danube River yesterday.

The 41-year-old librarian from Petrosani, Transylvania started his stage swim from Donaueschingen in the Black Forest in Germany. His finish is in Sulina on the Black Sea in Romania, planning to cross through ten countries and pass four capital cities without any fins or a wetsuit. His plans include swimming an average of ten hours a day with the goal to cover 50 km on each stage as he swims through dams, whirlpools, eddies and unpredictable weather accompanied by two kayakers.

In 2016, Iancu swam across the English Channel in 17 hours 54 minutes on his fourth attempt.

Avram impressed us with his natural confidence and resourcefulness when we first met him in 2016. Our decision to support him came naturally. Our company is all about healthy living and combining traditional and modern processing techniques to promote the nutritional value of the humble hemp seed. We were his sole sponsor when he crossed the English Channel in August 2016, and are excited to continue this relationship as he embarks on his Danube adventure,” said Canah General Manager Daniela Sfrijia.

Dan Lăzărescu, Canah founder was with Iancu at the start, added, “We recognize courage and determination when we see it, and as a keen swimmer myself I immediately understood the risks he was taking on.”

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