STRANGE BUT TRUE
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 with his hands and feet tied while wrapped inside a sack.
Petkov, 64, swam 3380m in Macedonia’s Lake Ohrid, beating the record of Indian fisherman Gopal Kharvi, who in 2013 swam 3071m 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 2030m, 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 3.5km. Guinness observers were present for his swim, organised by the Red Cross and the waters sports clubs of Ohrid and Petric.
Petkov took about 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.