STRANGE BUT TRUE

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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.

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