1000 Kilometers In The Persian Gulf In 85 Days

1000 Kilometers In The Persian Gulf In 85 Days

Mohamad Hossein Bibi Kobadi set a world record for an Assisted Stage Swim when he completed a total distance of 1,000 kilometers in 85 consecutive days of swimming in the Persian Gulf.

The 35-year-old swimming coach enjoyed the guidance and protection of an excellent logistics and operational team. The tight-knit team was with Kobadi from the start in the Khor-e-Falak region (N: 2954575 E: 4855191) to the finish in Arvand Kenar (N: 2952195 E: 4846505) in Iran.

When Kobadi finally completed his 85-day adventure swim in 17.9°C on March 12th, the self-satisfaction and joy shared by all was clearly evident. On his 85th day, he swam 14.65 kilometers in 6 hours 30 minutes. Most days, he was protected by a shark cage and aided by fins and a wetsuit. On a few days, he tired and had to stop for extended rest periods, but he was generally excited and strong during the nearly 3-month journey where he averaged 11.7 kilometers (7.2 miles) per day.

Jellyfish abound, but worries about the marine life were effectively eliminated with the protection of the 7-meter long shark cage and 0.5 mm full wetsuit. He encountered numerous cargo ships, fishing boats and fishing tours throughout the stage swim, but his escort team enforced a safety net around him with their guide boats. Towards the end, military frigates along the Iran and Iraq borders were seen along his route.

Day in and day out, he generally fed on dates, nuts (walnuts), noodles, apples and oranges, and drank green tea along the way. His medical team found that his body temperature often dropped between 1–2°C during his daily marathon swims despite the neoprene coverage.

Congratulations to Kobadi and his team.

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Steven Munatones