Samir Barel Becomes First Brazilian To Complete Open Water Triple Crown

Samir Barel Becomes First Brazilian To Complete Open Water Triple Crown

Brazil’s Samir Barel made history Thursday when he became the first Brazilian and just the 138th person overall to complete the Triple Crown of open water swimming.

Barel, 33, won the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York City in 2014 and then crossed the English Channel last year. Thursday, he swam the Catalina Channel in 8:45:30, a new South American record, completing the monumental accomplishment.

Barel is only the third Brazilian to ever complete the Catalina Channel crossing, joining Dailza dos Santos (1997) and Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira (July 2016).

“Everything was perfect! I swam well, the conditions were very good and the sea smooth. In the last 5km I took a strong current, but it was expected in that final line. My technical staff was excellent—Damián Blaun (an Open Water FINA Grand Prix winner) made a pacing for me to give rhythm, which was certainly important to break the record, and my coach Esther Nuñez was always guiding me the best she can.

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