Courtesy of WOWSA, Sfax, Tunisia.

After recovering from open heart surgery, 66-year-old Nejib Belhedi of Tunisia has been completing longer and more difficult open water swims.

Since last year, he has planned, prepared and trained for a 120 km swim from Sfax to Djerba Island in his native Tunisia.

Between Saturday September 15th morning and Tuesday the 18th, Belhedi swam in the Mediterranean Sea for 76 hours 30 minutes in his Sfax to Djerba Marathon Swim that was nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award along with the following individuals, listed alphabetically:

1. Catalina Channel Crossing (USA) by Hank Wise
2. Century Swim around Key West (USA) by Bill Welzien
3. Great British Swim (UK) by Ross Edgley
4. HK360Swim Around Hong Kong Island (Hong Kong) by Simon Holliday
5. Ice Kilometer (Netherlands) by Sven Elfferich
6. Double Ice Mile (Germany) by Hamza Bakircioglu
7. Kangsha River Swim (Bangladesh) by Kshitindra Chandra Baisya
8. Lake Zürich Two-Way Crossing (Switzerland) by Katrin Walter
9. Santa Barbara Channel Crossing (USA) by Jim McConica
10. Sfax to Djerba Marathon Swim (Tunisia) by Nejib Belhedi
11. Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean (Canada) by Edoardo Stochino
12. Travessia do Leme ao Pontal (Brazil) by Glauco Luise de Oliveira Rangel
13. Triple Country Swim (Italy-Monaco-France) by Carina Bruwer
14. Tsugaru Channel Tandem Crossing (Japan) by Nora Toledano Cadena and Mariel Hawley Dávila
15. Two-way Santa Cruz Island Crossing (USA) by Ken Mignosa

The WOWSA Awards winners are selected by the public in an online poll where one vote is allowed for one computer/one person.

To vote for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year via an online poll, visit here to vote.

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