Compliments From Guinness World Records

Courtesy of Kristen Stephenson and Michael Furnari, Redondo Beach, California.

Among open water swimming luminaries [including Paul Asmuth shown above] and hundreds of participating amateurs and two 2020 Tokyo Olympians (Haley Anderson and Jordan Wilimovsky) at the WOWSA Ocean Fest in Redondo Beach, California earlier this year, representatives of the Guinness World Records recognized the following swimmers:

Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia) for the Longest duration swimming in the open sea (marathon swim) – 76 hours 30 minutes
Elizabeth Fry (USA) for the Oldest person to swim the Oceans Seven – 60 years 301 days
Hank Wise (USA) for the Most swim crossings of the Catalina Channel by an individual – 7 crossings
Parks Wesson, Ted Bramble, Hank Wise, Lyle Nalli, Matty Mitchell and Lexie Kelly, with pace swimmer Samantha Sears (all USA) for the Fastest swim crossing of the Catalina Channel in relay – 6 hours 53 minutes 4 seconds
Cameron Bellamy (South Africa) for the Fastest circumnavigation swim around Barbados – 40 hours 46 minutes
Martin Hobbs (South Africa) for the Fastest stage swim of Lake Malawi – 63 days
Alex Kostich (USA) for the Fastest circumnavigation swim around Pitcairn Island – 2 hours 37 minutes 45 seconds
Sarah Ferguson (South Africa) for the Fastest circumnavigation swim around Easter Island – 19 hours 8 minutes
Glauco Luís de Oliveira Rangel (Brazil) for the Fastest Leme – Pontal swim in Rio de Janeiro – 7 hours 13 minutes
Pat Gallant-Charette (USA) for the Oldest person to complete the Triple Crown of Lake Monster Swims – 68 years 180 days
Rostislav Vítek (Czech Republic) for the Fastest Ice Mile swim (male) – 20 minutes 29 seconds
Magda Okurková (Czech Republic) for the Fastest Ice Mile swim (female) – 24 minutes 5 seconds
Carmel Collins (Ireland) for the Longest distance ice swim (female) – 3.30 km (2.05 miles)
Pablo Fernández Álvarez (Spain) for the Fastest time to swim 5 km whilst wearing leg irons/ shackles – 1 hour 58 minutes
Yuko Matsuzaki (Japan) for the Longest continuous swim in a counter-current pool – 24 hours 5 minutes

Guinness World Records Digital Marketing Manager Kristen Stephenson and adjudicator Michael Furnari expressed their gratitude in attending and documenting the event and the record holders:

It was a pleasure getting to meet and work with all of you this year at the terrific event. It was an absolute privilege to hear each swimmer’s amazing stories first hand, and witness the effort and hard work in coordinating this year’s event. It is truly a filming experience that we will never forget.”

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