122 kilometers with a water temperature of 10 degrees. What is a real challenge for healthy swimmers is an incredible achievement for the 21-year-old Théo Curin.
The Frenchman had both arms and both legs partially amputated at the age of six as a result of severe meningitis. And despite this handicap, he has now successfully swum the mammoth stretch from one bank of the South American Lake Titicaca to the other.
In addition to the length of 122 kilometers, the height of around 3800 meters above sea level and the inconsistent weather were a real challenge.
Curin arrived on Saturday (local time) in the Uru Islands on the Peruvian shores of the huge lake, as the AFP news agency reported. He started his adventure on November 10th at the lakeside in the Bolivian village of Copacabana.
The Paralympic athlete is two-time vice world champion in swimming and finished fourth in the 200-meter freestyle competition at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
On his crossing through the ice-cold Lake Titicaca, he was accompanied by the 39-year-old ex-swimmer Malia Metella and the 27-year-old environmental activist Matthieu Witvoet. The three French had trained in Lake Matemale in the Pyrenees for more than a year.
Curin and his companions took turns swimming, pulling a boat made of garbage behind them. They used this to sleep and eat. In addition to the record performance despite handicaps, Curin wanted to draw attention to the increasing environmental pollution in Lake Titicaca with the sensational campaign.