Courtesy of Tom Morgenstern, Revista Open Water.
Javier Mérida Prieto is a disabled Spanish open water swimmer who became the first disabled person to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming and has completed three Oceans Seven channels.
His bioprene 3.7 km cross-border challenge to cross the Beagle Channel in Argentina in 8ºC water is highlighted in the latest edition of Revista Open Water by Tom Morgenstern here.
His coach Jaime Vigaray and his doctor Rosa Sánchez will oversee his crossing that is expected to take about an hour.
Despite the distance, Mérida predicts. “[Crossing the Beagle Channel will be] the shortest crossing of all that I have done, but until it does not end, we will not be able to compare. In 60 minutes, you can suffer more than 10 hours, depending on the temperature and the fight you have with the sea and the wind.”
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