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Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Courage And Grit Of Christian Jongeneel

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Pieter Christian Jongeneel Anderica of Málaga, Spain completed a double circumnavigation swim of Manhattan Island in New York in 20 hours 15 minutes.

Jongeneel's time broke the existing record of American Skip Storch of 20 hours 56 minutes set in 2007 en route to Storch's triple circumnavigation swim in 32 hours 52 minutes.*

Urban Swim's Deanne Draeger reported, "It was a pleasure and an honor working with Christian and his family and friends in making this swim happen. Watching him fight an almost losing battle with the current for hours and pull through for a strong finish made a deep impression. I have rarely seen that kind of courage and grit."

Jongeneel said, "We experienced everything imaginable. It was an awful finish because I caught a cold during the first lap." He created the NGO Brazadas Solidarias in order to raise funds to collaborate with humanitarian projects.

*A short history of multiple circumnavigation swims around Manhattan Island include the following swimmers:

1979 double circumnavigation attempt - George Kauffmann
1980 double circumnavigation attempt - Tom Hetzel
1983 double circumnavigation success - Julie Ridge in over 21 hours
1984 double circumnavigation attempt - Ben Huggard
1984 triple circumnavigation success - Stacy Chanin in 33 hours 30 minutes
2007 double circumnavigation success - Marcos Díaz (wetsuit) in 22 hours 14 minutes
2007 double/triple circumnavigation success - Skip Storch in 20 hours 56 minutes (double) and 32 hours 52 minutes (triple)
2016 double circumnavigation success - Pieter Christian Jongeneel Anderica 20 hours 56 minutes

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