I earlier posted this video by Saida TV claiming that Wassim Nasser did succeed to break the national national by swimming for 47 kilometers from Saida to Beirut while in fact he actually failed and will be trying to do it once again next year.
“The weather was not good at all and Wassim [Nasser] was swimming against the wind,” Intanious Naafa, Nasser’s friend and representative, told The Daily Star Monday.
Nasser’s aimed to break a record set by Abdel-Latif Abu al-Hauf for swimming 42 kilometers from the southern city of Sidon to Beirut in the 1960s.
He sought to cover 47 kilometers.
The athlete’s route started from a point parallel to Sidon’s Crusader Castle and ended in Ramlet al-Bayda; 8 kilometers less than his original goal.
“Wassim will increase the distance next year and hopefully achieve his goal,” Naafa said, praising his friend for his persistence and great effort in achieving such a task. Source
Still, reaching Ramlet El-Bayda is still quite impressive!