Samir Barel Sets Record, Ana Carolina Morelli Shares Her Experience At Big Island Swim Challenge
This July, Ana Carolina Morelli, a Pan American Games and South American Games masters swimming champion, and a Top 10 FINA masters swimmer, set a new course record in the 37 km BISA (Big Island Swimming Association) in12 hours 0 minutes in the Ilha Grande in Rio de Janeiro. Event director Renato Ribeiro says, “Her coach Samir Barel‘s strategy made a big difference.”
But last week it was Barel’s chance to swim and Morelli exchanged the favor and coached him. The pair teamed up again and set a new course record when Barel swam the 37 km BISA in 9 hours 46 minutes.
Ribeiro described his swim, “One of the greatest aquatic ultramarathoners in our country, Samir Barel won the BISA challenge, swimming the 37 km course between Meros and Abraãozinho Beaches, on Ilha Grande, Angra dos Reis, on the south coast from Rio de Janeiro. The region of clear waters and pleasant temperatures that is a UNESCO Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity, has established itself on the national scene as a center for open water swimming through the work developed by the association.
The start was 6:30 am on August 16th with the first light of the day. But after 5 km, Samir experienced severe pain in his lower back, and had to maintain his emotions throughout the rest of the course. On the support boat, Morelli shared all her experiences for having taken the same course a month previously and gave her know-how to Samir who finished in the first sub-10 hour swim.”
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