Wassim Nasser, Lebanese swimmer breaks national record

June 17, 2013
By The Daily Star

WassimNasserA Lebanese swimmer broke a national swimming record Sunday after being at sea for almost 12 hours.

Wassim Nasser completed a 45 kilometer swim from Beirut to Amchit Sunday, breaking the Lebanese record for long-distance swimming. He left Beirut at 4 a.m. and arrived in Amchit at 3:30 p.m., Rizk Public Relations agency said Monday.

Nasser’s aim was to break a record set by Abdel-Latif Abu al-Hauf for swimming 42 kilometers from the southern city of Sidon to Beirut in the 1960’s.

He failed to break the record last year after swimming a little over 15 hours from a point parallel to Sidon’s Crusader Castle to Ramlet al-Bayda, agency representatives said.

Nasser had been training for seven hours a day over the last two weeks and for months before that both in the swimming pool and at sea, the firm said. Read original post