Courtesy of Adherbal de Oliveira, Travessia do Leme ao Pontal, Brazil.

Larissa Lino Morato Campos from the city of Pará de Minas in the State of Minas Gerais became the youngest swimmer to complete the Travessia do Leme ao Pontal.

Larissa Morato registered her attempt in December 2017 and has been training ever since to complete the 36 km course along Rio de Janeiro.

Adherbal de Oliveira reported, “The weather conditions were very favorable with a sunny day forecast, sea currents to the east, weak winds, and a water temperature close to 24ºC.

Larissa entered the water with a wetsuit near 2 am on December 15th next to Pedra do Leme. From the beginning, printed a very strong rhythm of strokes and strides.

She easily adapted to the conditions of the sea even during the night.

After a little more than four hours, Larissa had overcome one of the most difficult stretches, the entrance of the beach of Barra da Tijuca with the Channel of Marapendi. It is here that the currents become stronger and the waves become obstacles. In the final stretch, she maintained an excellent average speed of more than 4 km per hour and 70 stroke per minute pace.

At each feeding stop, she showed great peace and joy and finished in 8 hours 41 minutes, setting a new female record with neoprene and becoming the youngest swimmer at 19 years 7 months to complete this challenge.”

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