Turkish champion marathon swimmer Alper Sunacoglu is intending to break a world record by swimming from Turkey to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and swim back to Turkey which is about 160 km in whopping 60 hours.
There has been a number of attempts however no one has been able to break his record. It looks like it will take a quite long time to break his record. It was a non-stop swimming without protection cage and broke a world record.
There has been a number of attempts however no one has been able to break his record. It looks like it will take a quite long time to break his record.
The distance from Anamur Mersin to Girne (Kyrenia) is 78 km and if you add the natural navigation deflections and currents the real distance comes to 90 km. His record was officially recorded by Turkish Swimming Federation and their official representative referees which were present at the time. His award was personally presented by the president of the Turkish Swimming Federation. His success was also published at the official website of Turkish Swimming Federation and their official magazine Aktuel. Following his success, he was nominated by Turkish Swimming Federation to represent Turkey at the İnternational Open Water Grand Prix and this was also published at the official channels of Turkish Swimming Federation.
In the year 2011, he swam the Bosphorus of Istanbul (which has very strong currents) from north Sarıyer to South Kız Kulesi which is 30 km in 2 hours 45 minutes where he became the first individual who made it. He made this record when his doctors stated that he can not swim due to his severe injuries and herniated discs caused by an acrobatic parachute jump. This record was also officially recorded by the Turkish Swimming Federation and published at the official website of TSF.( Please note that the swimming competition which is organised by Samsung that takes place every year east to west and it is 7 to 8 km)
In the year 2012 Mr Sunacoglu swam from one end to the other end of Dardanelles( Canakkale) where there were south-west wind and storm where he was warned and advised not to swim. The distance was 60 km in 6 hours 25 minutes solo non-stop. He rejected all warnings but he has mistaken Dardanelles (Canakkale) to small village Karacaören which was 5 km before his target.
At different dates, Mr Sunacoglu swam The Gulf of İzmit Between Urla and İzmir Between Trabzon and Giresun Van Lake Mr Sunacoglu also tried to swim from Turkey to Syria’s Lazkiye Port to protest against war and the indiscriminate killings of innocent Children and old people. His record attempt was stopped by Coast Guard and Sea police for security reasons after swimming 240 km in 125 hours to Arsuz Hatay. Alper Sunacoglu put his stamp on history by World’s Longest Distance Swimmer and Sea Survival at this record attempt.
Now at this very special occasion at the year 2021, Mr Sunacoglu is intending to swim from Turkey to TRNC and back to Turkey which is 160 km in 60 hours if he can find sponsors. He is also intending to get this recorded on Guinness Book of Records. In addition to this, he is planning to swim Europe’s largest lake BALATON 80 km. And after completion, he will be running to Estergon castle. Which is further 50 km. If he can find sponsors. He is still practising on this.
Alper Sunacoglu is calling on WOWSA World Open Water Swimming Association to send a minimum of two referees and observers to record his record attempt.
He states that he swam to TRNC 2010 and broke a record. In the year 2021, he will swim to TRNC from Turkey and back. He is kindly asking WOWSA to share his press release on their website so that if there are any swimmers who want to join him at this racecourse that they are more then welcome and that they can reach him via WOWSA. He says “Sport is all about friendship and brotherhood at the end of the day and I am ready to share this success” He is sending his greetings and Love. He will pass his press release and application via his coaches. In short, it looks like Alper will not lose his championship crown for some time. (Aktürk Ajans)