He swam 45 kilometers in Lake Ladoga in 16 hours.
Mikhail Zhidkikh from St. Petersburg has set a new Russian record in open-water swimming, FlashNord reports. He swam 45 kilometers in Lake Ladoga in 16 hours beating the previous record of 45 kilometers in 20 hours.
He actually intended to swim 40 kilometers and then, after some rest, another 35. Zhidkikh started from Sortavala and stopped for rest on the island of Valaam. From there, he wanted to swim to Pitkaranta. However, he was too tired and made just 4 kilometers out of the 35.
The athlete was accompanied by doctors and friends on board a boat. He was wearing a wetsuit and was taking protein cocktails every thirty minutes.
Photo: St. Petersburg TV channel