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Man Swims 8.6 Kilometres With Handcuffs On to Set New Guinness World Record

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Apart from all the other concerns he had, one of his biggest worries was the time constraint.

People across the globe do a variety of things in order to set a world record. Sometimes, to get their name registered in the Guinness World Records, people do absolutely bizarre things like growing a vegetable to an unimaginable size and doing totally random activities. One such person, who aims to get his name registered in the Guinness World Records, swam for four hours straight while wearing handcuffs.

According to a report in The Free Lance Star, the 32-year-old man named Ben Katzman covered a distance of 8.6 kilometres with handcuffs on. As of now, his attempt has not been officially recognised by the Guinness World Records. Ben informed the news portal that he has already submitted all the photos, videos and time logbook to Guinness World Records. For the unversed, the current world record of farthest swim wearing handcuffs is held by Elham Sadat Asghari. He had set the record in 2019 after he swam a distance of approximately 5.49 kilometres.

The Virgina based man also asserted that this is a personal victory for him. He claimed that the record that he has set is a first in many ways. Giving further details, he mentioned that the time he spent making this record is the longest he has ever spent in a pool at a stretch. Touching upon his swimming journey, Katzman revealed that he has been swimming since the age of three. The swimmer mentioned that the first time he tried to swim with the handcuffs, he ended up injuring his wrists terribly.

Describing his journey, he revealed that after he made the decision to set the record, he trained hard and honed his skills over time. While he was preparing to break the record he practised, quick swims, long-distance stretches, running and callisthenics. Apart from all the other concerns he had, one of his biggest worries was the time constraint.

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He told The Free Lance Star, “The Guinness does not allow volunteer observers and timekeepers to work more than four hours in a shift. So, this was a concern.”

Joseph Katzman, Ben’s father was around him while he was on his mission to break the record. He said that his father gave him a shoutout when he crossed the existing World Record mark. After breaking the record, he said he was extremely happy and hungry.

He made this record at the King George YMCA Pool in Virgina.

first published:February 26, 2021, 20:16 IST