Samir Barel Completes Tríplice Coroa (Triple Crown)

Samir Barel Completes Tríplice Coroa (Triple Crown)

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Samir Barel of Brazil completed the final leg of his Tríplice Coroa (Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming) this morning with a Catalina Channel crossing in 8 hours 45 minutes.

Among his support team are two FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix champions, a husband-and-wife team of Damián Blaum and Esther Nuñez, and friends from Brazil: Nick Fenzl, Thais Sant’ana, Larissa Zink, and Carmen Zinc. They assisted him to become the first Brazilian to complete the Triple Crown.

“It was a beautiful experience,” remarked pace swimmer Blaum. “Samir faced some hard moments, but he was strong and he picked up the pace at the end. We left Catalina Island at 11:30 pm and the ocean was very smooth the entire way from Catalina to the mainland. We saw some dolphins, a very BIG snake or something fast about 3 meters long, and a perfect sunrise.”

His crossing was funded by crowdsourcing where he gave Tríplice Coroa swim caps, t-shirts, slippers and water bottles to his supporters.

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Steven Munatones