Abilio Couto Swam Around The World

Abilio Couto Swam Around The World

Abilio Alvaro Da Costa Couto is an Honour Swimmer inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2001.

In 1958, Couto swam from France to England in 12 hours 45 minutes as the first Brazilian and South American to swim across the English Channel. A year later, he swam from France to England again in 11 hours 33 minutes. With only 14 days rest, he swam back from England to France in 12 hours 49 minutes.

Couto was an eight-time winner of the International Long Distance Swimming Federation marathon swims in 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1975) and was a four-time overall series champion in 1959, 1961, 1963, and 1967).

He also swam across the Strait of Gibraltar (1965), Lake Michigan (1965), Suez Canal (1974), Nile River (1975), Mar del Plata (1960) and Lake Ontario (1960).

On the domestic open water swimming forefront where he is known as the Father of Open Water Swimming in Brazil, he was instrumental in the establishment of the first Brazil Open Water Championships and many other events including the Ilhabella-Caraguatatuba 25 km event.

It is estimated that Couto swam more than 40,000 kilometers during his career…less than 75 km shorter than the circumference around the earth’s equator.

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