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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Attila Mányoki Flies Across The Tsugaru Channel

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Attila Mányoki was accompanied by a crew from the largest Hungarian broadcasting company and did his country proud with a very fast 7 hour 29 minute crossing of the Tsugaru Channel in Japan.

The professional marathon swimmer had to wait a few days for a typhoon to pass so both he and the television crew were nervous that his window would pass. But when the typhoon turned away from Honshu, the post-storm calm was inviting. Mányoki took off fast from the shores of Honshu and never let down until he reached Hokkaido.

His time across the Tsugaru Channel was the second fastest of all time and the fastest since 1990.

The list of successful Tsugaru Channel swimmers since 1990is below:

* David Yudovin (USA) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 11:56 (1990)
* Steven Munatones (USA) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 6:11 (1990)
* Steven Munatones (USA) solo single crossing (Hokkaido-to-Honshu) in 6:39 (1990)
* Steven Munatones (USA) solo double crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido-to-Honshu) in 12:50 (1990)
* Miyuki Fujita (Japan) - solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 11:36 (2005)
* Miyuki Fujita (Japan) - solo triple crossing in 37:24 (2006)
* Masayuki Moriya (Japan) - solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 11:55 (2011 with wetsuit)
* Penny Palfrey (Australia) - solo single crossing (Hokkaido-to-Honshu) in 14:26 (2011)
* Darren Miller (USA) - solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 15:55 (2012)
* Stephen Redmond (Ireland) - solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 12:45 (2012)
* Michelle Macy (USA) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 8:55 (2012)
* Forrest Nelson (USA) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 9:26 (2012)
* Craig Lenning (USA) solo single crossing (Hokkaido-to-Honshu) in 10:44 (2012)
* Pat Gallant-Charette (USA) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 19:36 (2012)
* Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 19:11 (2012)
* Adam Walker (Great Britain) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 15:31 (2013)
* Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 9:38 (2014)
* Attila Mányoki (Hungary) solo single crossing (Honshu-to-Hokkaido) in 7:29 (2014)

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