Neil Agius: The Long Swim Home

Neil Agius: The Long Swim Home

Neil Agius: The Long Swim Home

Courtesy of LovinMalta, Malta.

Neil Agius, a 2004 Olympic swimmer in the 400m freestyle from Malta, completed a 100 km solo swim from Sicily in Italy to Malta in the Mediterranean Sea in June.

He built up to this Century Swim from his specialty of 400 meters. He initially completed a 38 km circumnavigation swim around Gozo in 10 hours in 2010. Then in 2018, he completed a 70 km circumnavigation swim around Malta in 21 hours 52 minutes.

The 34-year-old departed from Sicily from Punta Braccetto in the province of Ragusa on June 25th at 5:15 am and arrived at St Julian’s Water Polo & Aquatic Club in Malta on June 26th at 9:24 am covering the distance in 28 hours 7 minutes while escorted by Jan Rossi. Agius swam a bit faster than famed Maltese Olympian Nicky Farrugia who swam from Sicily to Gozo in 1985 in 30 hours 17 minutes.

His Century Swim was part of the Wave of Change movement which aims to raise awareness about marine pollution and threats to marine habitats.

For more information, visit Wave Of Change Malta. To view his course, visit here.

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