Hands and feet tied, body in sack, Bulgarian reclaims swimming record

Reuters. Macedonia | Published: 19:27, Jul 25,2018 | Updated: 22:56, Jul 25,2018


Bulgarian Jane Petkov, 64, aimed a new Guinness World Record by attempting to swim more than three kilometers at Macedonia's Lake Ohrid in a bag with his arms and legs tied up on Tuesday. Reuters photo

Swimming instructor, lifeguard and adventurer Yane Petkov - Bulgaria's answer to Houdini and Michael Phelps combined - reclaimed on Tuesday the Guinness world record for swimming along with his hands and feet tied while fully wrapped inside a sack.

Petkov, 64, swam 3,380 metres in Macedonia’s Lake Ohrid, beating the record of Indian fisherman Gopal Kharvi, who in 2013 swam 3,071 metres in the Indian Ocean - though not in a sack.

The Bulgarian swimmer already had one entry in the Guinness Book of Records in 2013 with 2,030 metres, but he only held it for three months until he was overtaken by Kharvi.

Before his latest attempt, Petkov said he had planned to swim 3.5 kilometres, and Guinness observers were present for his swim, organised by the Red Cross and the waters sports clubs of Ohrid and Petric.

Petkov took around three hours to worm his way along through the water, face-up and feet first, before he emerged on the shore in the ancient town of Ohrid, a popular holiday resort.

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