Ali Shadlou, Iranian athlete who holds the record of swimming the width of the Caspian Sea, is now determined to break another record by swimming across the Persian Gulf.
Tehran, 14 October 2006 (CHN) -- Young Iranian athlete, Ali Shadlou is determined to swim a distance of roughly 370 kilometers across the Persian Gulf. Shadlou had previously broken a historic record by swimming the 616 kilometer width of the Caspian Sea in 245 hours.
Explaining the reason which made him decide to start such adventures, Shadlou said: "From the time I started swimming in free waters with my dad at childhood, I have kept his words in my mind which told me that I must cross the seas to accomplish big feats."
Commenting on his earlier experience in the Caspian Sea which led him to surpass all the previous records, he said: "I had practiced for about four years for that. Overcoming the currents is not a hard task; however, the anxiety that strikes you when seeing the extent of the horizon all the time is what gets along the way."
Shadlou, a swimmer and mountain climber, says that the decision to go across the Caspian Sea was under study for a year by the Iranian Sports Organization, University of Marine Technology and Science, Iran's Drug Control Headquarters, Tehran's Islamic Azad University, and governor offices of the Caspian coast cities.
Ali Shadlou, a member of Iran Red Crescent Society's Mountain Rescue and Relief Team and holder of a beach lifeguard certificate, took the initiative as a symbolic gesture to voice support for the anti-narcotics campaign and swam across the Caspian Sea last August. He started at the westernmost point of the sea, Astara, on Aug. 1, and reached the easternmost spot, Bandar Torkaman, on Sept. 23, setting an astonishing record. Following this success, Guinness World Records registered his name in its book.
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