Marcelo Galvão Butterflys The Fuga da Ilha Grande

Courtesy of WOWSA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

It has taken Marcelo Galvão a lot of training, planning and preparation to complete his longest butterfly swim, but he accomplished it on November 10th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He completed his first butterfly 4 km ocean swim in September 2018 in the Pontal Beach, Rio de Janeiro in 1 hour 16 minutes. He completed his second butterfly ocean swim in November 2018 along a 6 km course in Arraial do Cabo Beach, also in Rio de Janeiro in 1 hour 49 minutes. His third butterfly ocean swim was a 4 km course in Copacabana Beach in 1 hour 15 minutes.

His fourth butterfly swim was the 13 km point-to-point Fuga da Ilha Grande in Rio de Janeiro that took him 7 hours 10 minutes.

Galvão said, “It was a very hard and exhausting race. I swam against the current and lateral surface waves that made swimming very difficult. Two days after the race, I still have shoulder and lower back pain. But all the effort was rewarded at the finish line.

I would like to thank my coach Lúcio Lemos who guided me to attain my maximum performance. Now, my focus is on planning to increase the distance and cross the 14.4 km Strait of Gibraltar in 2021.


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