Paul Georgescu Swims 100 km

Paul Georgescu Swims 100 km

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Paul Georgescu has accomplished much in the open water:

But he just completed a new kind of project: 100 kilometers in the Complexul Sportiv Lia Manoliu pool in Bucharest, Romania. Swimming 100,000 meters took Georgescu a bit longer than he anticipated, but the extra hours did not dampened his commitment. He explained, “100 km took me 34 hours 42 minutes 46 seconds, not the 26 hours that I estimated. It was difficult, but I managed. Swimmers, triathletes, students from school were all supporting me throughout the event, both in and out of the pool.  The event had a very big impact here in Romania with hourly live coverage on TV.

I dedicated this swim to Romania Swimming Federation for convincing the Romanian authorities to open the swimming pools during the pandemic time. Also, it was a motivation message for the young swimmers – do not complain any more when they have to do 5 or 6 kilometers of training. 

Many swimming personalities were present to the event: Camelia Potec, the president of Romanian Swimming Federation, Anca Patrascoiu, the first Romania Olympic swimming medalist, Razvan Florea, a 2004 Olympic bronze medalist in 100m backstroke, David Popovici who just broke the junior world record in 100m free in 47’56” during Junior European Championship in Rome, and many others. Many swimmers came and swim on the lane next to me. They never let me alone. They were coming all night changing between them after one or two hours.

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Steven Munatones