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Tiburón is the nickname of Victor Guillermo Contreras , an open water swimmer from Chile who crossed the Strait of Gibraltar on 30 August 1981 in 3 hours 27 minutes at the age of 34. Tiburón is also an ice swimmer who has swum in the Strait of Magellan , the Beagle Channel in 1980, and Deception Island near the Antarctic Peninsula in February 1987. He completed a 4.8 km crossing of the Strait of Magellan in 1 hour 28 minutes in February 1979 and a crossing in the English Channel in 1982 in 12 hours 2 minutes under the auspices of the Channel Swimming Association . He also serves as a mentor and coach to extreme swimmers like Julieta Nuñez .


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