This swimmer crossed the 5 longest rivers from source to mouth.
Slovene Martin Strel (Martin Strel) - a professional swimmer for long distances and one of the best athletes in the world. But you will not see him at the Olympics. He sets world records not in the pool.
Arrows conquered the longest rivers on the planet: the Danube (504 km, it sailed in 84 hours without a break), Mississippi, Parana, Yangtze and Amazon. He also crossed the Strait of Gibraltar.His five heats are listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
Many consider him crazy, and even Martin himself agrees. But he would rather die than surrender on the way to the goal: “Usually water kills people. But not me. I'm not like everyone else, because I learned. I don't feel pain anymore. ”
He can swim for 12 hours in a row and stops, only to replenish his calories. Martin argues that when he swims, he falls into a state of complete concentration, similar to meditation, and the pain ceases to be felt.
Martin does not look like an ordinary athlete, you will not call him slim. He loves to eat and drinks a bottle of wine a day.Arrow himself jokes: “Do you know the difference between Michael Phelps and me? He can not swim marathons. He is faster than me. But he is not suitable for the Amazon, because he is too thin. "
Martin is quite happy with his body: “When I swim, I lose 600–700 calories per hour. My body works like a Mercedes. Like a BMW. ”
In an interview, Martin says that water has been his friend since childhood. When his father got drunk, he chased him with a chain or a stick, and the boy had to hide in the river. So at the age of 6 he learned to swim.
“When I was little, the water was clear, there were crabs and fish in it. But then they began to build new roads, and now even algae do not grow there. And I decided that they would swim in order to draw people's attention to the problem of water. ” So Martin began to train, swimming more and further.
For each swim, he carefully prepares: he knows which countries he will swim, the climate and temperature, the composition and quality of the water, and which animals are found in it. He calculates the required number of calories and thinks out what to eat and drink. But most importantly, he believes, the right attitude and a clear head.
Martin is the first person on Earth who overcame the Amazon, a river of 5,268 km in length.He swam by80 km a day for 66 days in a row.
Once on the Amazon, piranha attacked Martin: “They bite so fast. They tore my entire back, she was on fire. " But even they did not prevent the Arrow from continuing to sail. His record in 2007, so far no one has managed to repeat.
On Mississippi, lightning struck the buoy past which Arrow sailed. The blow was so strong that Martin was thrown into the air, and he lost consciousness. The accompanying group decided that he was dead, but soon he woke up ... and just swam further.
In 2009, the film “The Man of the Big River” was shot - about how Martin Arrow conquered the Amazon. The swimmer himself travels a lot around the world with lectures on environmental protection.
Now Arrow is 62 years old, and he dreams of sailing around the entire planet: “I am swimming for peace, friendship, and especially for pure water. I am an ordinary person. But I can change this world. ”