10# World Winter Swimming World Champ., Tyumen, Russia

World's Longest Marathon Swimming Relay Attempt Underway

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The Voice of Russia reported that 25 swimmers from Russia and China started on a 1,300K marathon relay along the Amur River, the world's ninth longest river that represents the border between the Russian Far East and northeastern China, to the Tatar Strait, a strait in the Pacific Ocean dividing the Russian island of Sakhalin from mainland Asia. They will finish at Sakhailin Island (see chart on right) in an attempt to earn mention in the Guinness Book of World Records.

16th FINA World Championships 2015, Kazan, Russia

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Lake Baikal

This year swim in Baikal had been delayed till next season by a number of reasons:
- We started too late, and had not managed to find a proper escort boat(s) (everything has been booked already, what's left is not good for us by safety reasons - strong wind and high waves are not rare there ).
- More than that, a girl from our team had received eventually a time slot for her English Channel attempt in the mid of this August - that meant that my coach and me had to go to the UK to support her, this is of high importance for promotion of our sport in Russia.
- Early July and late August are not good for Baikal - a season for swimming there is really short (if we can speak about the season there at all), just from 20 July till 15 Aug. Most of swimmers who are interested in Baikal were already busy at that time with other swims. I had received around 20 responses to my announcement from all over the world. Baikal is a great goal, we will work on it, next season for sure.



Igor Kravchenko and Olga Pasholok crossed 12 kilometers into the storm

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Igor Kravchenko and Olga Pasholok crossed 12 kilometers into the storm.
Dneprodzerzhinsk swimmer Igor Kravchenko and athlete with a disability Olga Pasholok from Krivoy Rog 8 Agusta successfully completed the 12 km swim in the Crimea, Yalta, Swallow's Nest, Yalta in the storm, with the results 6 hours 55 minutes (including 15 minute break at the beach)

Olga Pasholok, became the first disabled athlete with no legs, swim the Bosphorus - the strait that separates Europe and Asia.

Olga is now preparing to carry out his cherished dream - to swim across the Strait of English Channel (25 kilometers) that separates France from Britain.

The current 12-kilometer marathon water Yalta Swallow's Nest, Yalta - part of this training

Open Water Race in the World's Oldest, Deepest, Largest Lake

Pavel Kuznetsov, the first Russian to complete the English Channel, will not only lead the very competitive Russian contingent (Yuri Kudinov and Natalia Pankina) at the Great Channel Swim across the English Channel, but he is also planning an unprecedented race in one of the most unique open water swimming venues in the world.

Pavel will host a 10-18K open water swim in Lake Baikal (the 'rich lake' or the 'Blue Eye of Siberia'), the world’s oldest, deepest and largest lake located in southern Siberia. Lake Baikal contains more water than all of the Great Lakes of North America combined (actually 20% of the world’s freshwater supply). UNESCO declared the lake a World Heritage site due to its stunning bio-diversity.