Maltese Swimmer Neil Agius Breaks World Record For Longest Distance Ocean Swim

Former Olympian Neil Agius broke the world record for the longest continuous ocean swim, which ended in Gozo on Wednesday night, completing a 125.6-kilometer journey from Linosa in over 52 hours. 

Agius, who beat the previous record at 124.4 kilometers, arrived ashore at around 10 pm to cheers and applause of supporters, in Xlendi, Gozo. 

Agius’ original route was supposed to end in Malta, but was later changed due to opposing currents, the Times of Malta reported. 

“The sea was choppy all the way, the current was strong, the going was tough, we even had a small storm which had us worried for some 20 minutes,” a member from Agius’ team said.

The 35-year-old completed the swim as part of a campaign to reduce plastic waste in the sea. 

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