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Monday, December 19, 2016
Freestyling In Fehmarn Across Beltquerung
During the summer of 1939, Karl-Heinz Rauert was waited and waited and waited for the right time to swim the Beltquerung.
Finally his time came to cross the 25 km channel in the cool waters (16°C) of the Fehmarn Belt (Danish: Femern Bælt, German: Fehmarnbelt), a strait in the western part of the Baltic Sea between the German island of Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland.
His feat, witnessed by his escort boat captain, first mate and father [shown above], was not replicated for another 60 years.
But the wave of swimmers attempting to cross the Beltquerung from Fehmarn to Denmark continues to accelerate.
Double Solo Beltquerung
1. Claudia Markwardt (Germany, 2005 success in 10 hours 22 minutes)
2. Bruno Dobelmann (Germany, 2011, success in 19 hours 13 minutes)
3. Kirsten Seidel (Germany, 2013, attempt)
4. Mirjam Schall (Germany, 2016, attempt)
1. Karl-Heinz Rauert (Germany, 1939 success in 11 hours 58 minutes)
2. María Inés Mato (Argentina, 1998 attempt)
3. María Inés Mato (Argentina, 1999 success in 11 hours 4 minutes)
4. Claudio Plit (Argentina, 2000 success in 7 hours 28 minutes)
5. Kirsten Seidel (Germany, 2003 success in 9 hours 3 minutes)
6. Margit Bohnhoff (Germany, 2005 attempt)
7. Christof Wandratsch (Germany, 2005 success in 5 hours 11 minutes)
8. Arnold Wiegand (Germany, 2006 attempt)
9. Heike Braun (Germany, 2006 success in 6 hours 25 minutes)
10. Christian Hartmann-Herrmann (Germany, 2009 attempt)
11. Toni Pavici (Croatia, 2010 attempt)
12. Sergio Salomone (Argentina, 2010 success in 6 hours 5 minutes)
13. Yasutaka Kurokawa (Japan, 2010 succes in 6 hours 24 minutes)
14. Griseldis Cormann (Belgium, 2011 attempt)
15. Attila Manyoki (Hungary, 2011 success in 6 hours 8 minutes)
16. Jürgen Fussi (Austria, 2011 success in 9 hours 35 minutes)
17. Christian Hartmann-Herrmann (Germany, 2012 attempt)
18. Hans-Georg Fiedeldeij (Netherlands, 2012 success in 6 hours 12 minutes)
19. Sale Savulejskovic (Austria, 2012 success in 11 hours 28 minutes)
20. Bruno Baumgartner (Switzerland, 2012 success in 4 hours 53 minutes)
21. Griseldis Cormann (Belgium, 2013 attempt)
22. Jacques Tuset (France, 2013 success in 5 hours 57 minutes)
23. Nadja Karlson (Germany, 2013 attempt)
24. Amol Adhav (India, 2013 success in 8 hours 57 minutes)
25. Boris Mavra (Great Britain, 2013 attempt)
26. Thomas Pesch (Germany, 2014 success in 7 hours 39 minutes)
27. Matthias Kaßner (Germany, 2014 success in 7 hours 27 minutes)
28. Theodosis Charalampos (Greece, 2014 success in 7 hours 36 minutes)
29. Julian Buhle (Germany, 2014 attempt)
30. Selina Moreno Pasagali (Spain, 2014 success in 6 hours 22 minutes)
31. Daniel Scott Curtis (USA, 2014 success in 11 hours 26 minutes)
32. David Körfer (Germany, 2014 success in 7 hours 45 minutes)
33. Robert Roller (Germany, 2014 attempt)
34. Julian Buhle (Germany, 2015 attempt)
35. Torsten Stöckmann (Germany, 2015 success in 9 hours 57 minutes)
36. Thomas Ladurner (Italy, 2015 attempt)
37. Anke Tinnefeld (Germany, 2015 success in 7 hours 46 minutes)
38. Jacqueline Kempfer (Germany, 2016 success in 9 hours 9 minutes)
39. Jörg Büttner (Germany, 2016 success in 8 hours 42 minutes)
40. François Kofoed Moneaux (Belgium, 2016 attempt)
41. Anke Höhne (Germany, 2016 success in 8 hours 6 minutes)
Relay Beltquerung with 2 swimmers
1. Winkelbauer/Richter (Germany, 2001 success in 4 hours 33 minutes)
2. Plit/Navarro (Argentina, 2001 success in 5 hours 59 minutes)
3. Plit/Plit (Argentina, 2002 attempt)
4. Jakobsen/Filtenborg (Denmark, 2003 attempt)
5. Ohnishi/Ano (Japan, 2010 success in 5 hours 52 minutes)
Relay Beltquerung with 5 swimmers
1. Mato/ Marceca/ Torresagasti/ Layús/ Navarro (Argentina, 2000 success in 6 hours 20 minutes)
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