Moldovan sportsman Ion Lazarenco crossed another one of the seven largest channels in the world!

13 September 2016
Moldovan sportsman Ion Lazarenco overcame a new challenge by swimming 33 kilometres of the Catalina Channel in California. This is the fourth out of the seven largest straits in the world crossed by the 37-year-old Moldovan sportsman by swimming.
Moldovan sportsman Ion Lazarenco crossed another one of the seven largest channels in the world!
Moldovan sportsman Ion Lazarenco overcame a new challenge by swimming 33 kilometres of the Catalina Channel in California. This is the fourth out of the seven largest straits in the world crossed by the 37-year-old Moldovan sportsman by swimming.

Those 12 hours of continuous swimming, 8 of which were during night time were quite difficult. In the first portion of the distance Ion has swum over a 2-kilometres deep depression, where water temperature was at most 14 degrees Celsius. But adventures haunted him throughout the route. “During the second hour came the dolphins. I felt them under water and even saw them because I have night watersport goggles. But there was something bigger than the dolphins. I do not even want to think what was there. I started to see the body, but it didn’t end. I tried to look on the hills only to avoid looking what is under water”, told the swimmer.

Ion Lazarenco lives in Ireland and is well-known for his swimming performances. In 1998 he has started to swim in the Olympic pool in Dublin and since then he trains daily for hours, including in frozen waters in order to withstand the cold and succeed in what others have failed. 

By now, the swimmer crossed the English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar and Canal du Nord and now Catalina Channel. Only three of the seven largest channels in the world left for him to swim over and the next challenge is planned for October 1, when Ion Lazarenco being supported by the Vlad Plahotniuc’s “Edelweiss” Foundation will try to swim 42 kilometres of the Molokai Channel in Hawaii.