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Egyptian man breaks world record with 7-mile swim in handcuffs

Written by on April 6, 2023

Egyptian swimmer Shehab Allam broke a Guinness World Record by swimming 7.24 miles in the Arabian Gulf while wearing handcuffs. Photo courtesy of Guinness World Records

An Egyptian swimmer put his skills to the test and broke a Guinness World Record when he swam for over 7 miles while wearing handcuffs.

Shehab Allam, 31, claimed the Guinness World Records title for farthest distance swimming wearing handcuffs when he completed his 7.24-mile swim in the open waters of the Arabian Gulf.

Allam broke the previous record of 5.35 miles, set by U.S. swimmer Benjamin Katzman in 2021.

The record-breaking swim took Allam about six hours to complete.

“During the training, I used to attract curious glances when I have the handcuffs on. To avoid drawing too much attention, I prefer to swim in quieter areas, typically near the limit line of the beaches, although I still receive some stares,” Allam told GWR.

Allam said he might someday be able to break his own record, as he is still perfecting the technique he calls the “double-arm pull and modified sidestroke.”

“The feeling of being among the record-breaking elite gives me a sense of being a superhero, and it drives me to maintain my position in the records for as long as possible,” he said.

Source : UPI News

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