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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Rostislav Vitek Breaks Ice Mile Record

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Rostislav Vitek is a professional open water swimmer from the Czech Republic. A multi-versatile athlete, he competes in the 5 km, 10 km and 25 km races and finished 17th at the 2008 Olympics in the inaugural Olympic 10K Marathon Swim with a time of 1 hour 52 minutes 41 seconds.

He is also one of the fastest English Channel swimmers in history with a 7 hour 16 minute crossing.

This past May, he set the world record for the ice mile in Blansko, Czech Republic in 4.83°C water with a blazing fast time of 20:29. That time broke the previous record held by Christof Wandratsch of 21:38 set in December 2014 in Wöhrsee, Germany in 3.47°C water and James Bridges previously in 21:43.

The top 10 fastest ice mile swims in history:

1. Rostislav Vitek - Mar 2015 in Blansko, Czech Republic in 4.83°C water and 1°C air: 20:29
2. Christof Wandratsch - Dec 2014 in Wöhrsee, Germany in 3.47°C water and -2°C air: 21:38
3. James Bridges - Mar 2014 in 64acre Lake, UK in 4.60°C water and 2°C air: 21:43
4. Philip Emslie - Jul 2011 in Fraserburg, South Africa in 5.00°C water and 10°C air: 22:30
5. Brad Gale - Jul 2011 in Fraserburg, South Africa in 5.00°C water and 10°C air: 23:38
6. Ray Butcher - Jul 2011 in Fraserburg, South Africa in 5.00°C water and 10°C air: 23:43
7. Rouen Smit - Jul 2011 in Fraserburg, South Africa in 5.00°C water and 10°C air: 23:57
8. Magda Okurková - Dec 2014 in Dun. Streda Slovakia in 4.23°C water and 0°C air: 24:05 (female)
9. Colin Hill - Feb 2013 in Lake Windermere, Cumbria, UK in 4.70°C water and 4.40°C air: 24:22
10. Andrew Chin - Jul 2011 in Fraserburg, South Africa in 5.00°C water and 10°C air: 24:24

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