Daniel Douglas Di Pierro, a 23-year-old Italian open water swimmer, successfully completed an unprecedented 32 km two-way crossing of the Strait of Bonifacio on July 5th between Sardinia-Corsica-Sardinia in 9 hours 43 minutes.
He swam 4 hours 38 minutes on the first leg and 5 hours 5 minutes on his return in the 24°C water, coached by Lorenc Feleqi of SDS Nuoto Giovinazzo as he overcame strong currents and steady winds.
“I only encountered one jellyfish that hit my foot and there were not any waves on the first leg, but during the entire return leg, we faced 40-50 cm.
During the second half of the first leg, the sea current forced me to extend the intended course by 2 km and during my last 3 km of the return, I encountered a very strong sea current that took me 90 minutes for the last 3 km.”
He was escorted by Tommaso Muntoni and Mattia Milia of Diving Mediterraneo.
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