Olympic Champion Maarten van der Weijden Breaks 24 Hour Swim WR

2008 Olympic gold medalist in the 10km marathon swim Maarten van der Weijden has improved upon the old World Record for distance swum in a 25m pool in 24 hours.

The 36-year old Dutchman swam 102.8km (63.8 miles) in 24 hours – that comes after last year, where a 99.5km (61.8 miles) effort came up just short of the record.

The old record was set in 1989 by Swede Anders Forvass of Sweden when he raced 101.9km (63.3 miles). Van der Weijden’s record has not been officially ratified by Guinness yet.

As incredible as the swim was, it was just the beginning for van der Weijden. After a short break to do some interviews and have some food, he continued on for another 12 hour swim – all in preparation for a planned 200km swim along side the track of the Elfstedentocht – a speedskating marathon in the province of Friesland.

His 200km swim is a fundraiser for cancer research. Van der Weijden, himself a survivor of leukemia, will allow the public to swim with him for a period of time during his swim for 11 euros.

For those wondering, swimming 102.8km in 24 hours is the same as holding an average pace of 1:24.05 (with rounding).

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Swammer from Wakanda
3 years ago

Wow. Just wow. I’m not even sure I’d be willing to walk 63.8 miles let alone swim it. Congrats Maarten. Well played.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
3 years ago

Friday morning…errr…afternoon…errr…evening SCM workout:

Warm up: 4*200 SKPS
Main set: 1020 x 100 on 1:24

And….go.

Sprintdude9000
3 years ago

ULSPT

Aquajosh
3 years ago

That dude is tough as nails. Wow.

Coach John
3 years ago

and the old timers complain during my free swim that we dont offer enough LCM hours. this guy blasts out a 100km+ SCM workout. speechless

Coach John
Reply to  Coach John
3 years ago

wait… is there a LCM 24-hour record?

GRUBBY_1
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Having done some insane swimming 25 years ago, it’s your lower back and abs that feel the wrath. So hard in a pool but if you are a swimmer, you have always known someone much more insane than you………….

Coach John
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

was he suited? lol – it’s a ridiculous thought.

anon123
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

looks like that is about 1:15.5 per a 100 yards

BaldingEagle
Reply to  Coach John
3 years ago

There is a LCM record for 24 hours.

http://soloswims.com/24-hour-pool.htm

Caeleb Dressel Will Get 8 golds in Tokyo
3 years ago

I don’t even want to drive 63 miles

ERVINFORTHEWIN

come on , thats not a big deal to drive 63miles in a new mustang GT

sven
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
3 years ago

I think I’d rather swim 63 miles than be seen driving a mustang.

BaldingEagle
3 years ago

Given that the AVERAGE pace was 1:24.05 for 102.8 km, he probably swam much faster to account for feedings and rest. For example, holding 1:20’s would give him an additional 1:00 every 1500; 1:19 would give him an extra 1:00 every 1200; 1:18 would give him an extra 1:00 every 1000, and so on.

Assuming that holding 1:18 would give him an extra 1:00 every 1000, then every 5000 (1 hour 5 minutes) he’d have that 5 minutes to feed or stretch or get a quick massage or whatever. It would be interesting to see what his planned paces were throughout the event, assuming he’d slow down and need a rest sometime. For his last record attempt, he and… Read more »

Fishboy
3 years ago

This guy must be living in a lake…literally

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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