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Croatia’s record-breaking long-distance swimmer announces new challenges

Dina Levacic

ZAGREB, Feb 24 (Hina) – Croatia’s long-distance swimmer Dina Levacic has recently announced her plans for this summer which include her second attempt to swim the length of  54 kilometres from the Adriatic island of Vis to her city of Split and the 30-kilometre Tsugaru Strait between the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido.

The 23-year-old Levacic, who is the first Croatian female swimmer to conquer the English Channel, is going to swim in July from the island of Vis to Split. Last July, she almost accomplished this feat but had to give up three kilometres before the finish line.

In August she is going to accomplish the Tsugaru swim, one of the Oceans Seven challenges.

In 2017, she managed to conquer within 90 days the three historically important swims known as the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

Dina Levacic

In September that year, Levacic completed the swim across the English Channel in 11 hours and 42 minutes, and thus completed the Triple Crown. This best Croatian female marathon swimmer was before that the first Croatian to ever complete a 48.5 km circumnavigation of Manhattan Island. She swam the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim on 25 June 2017, and the Catalina Channel, 32.5 km between Catalina Island and the California mainland, on 3 August that year.

Furthermore, in 2018 she also accomplished the Molokai Channel swim, also one of the Oceans Seven targets.

Dina after her Hawaii swim

 The Oceans Seven is a marathon swimming challenge consisting of seven open water channel swims. It was proposed in 2008 as the swimming equivalent of the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge. It includes the North Channel, the Cook Strait, the Molokai Channel, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Strait and the Strait of Gibraltar.

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