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Christian Jongeneel swims 70 km without neoprene between Tenerife and Gran Canaria for a cause of solidarity

He traveled 70 kilometers in 16 hours and 10 minutes, becoming the first to do it without protection against the cold

The long-distance swimmer in open water Christian Jongeneel He swam in the port of Agaete (Gran Canaria) shortly after the 9 in the morning (local time) after having passed an impressive physical and mental test.

He went through the 70 kilometers that separate the islands in 16 hours without neoprene, facing the complex conditions of the sea and after much suffering due to the cold and severe stomach problems that complicated the challenge. "The hardest moment was the last hours of the night when he had to fight so that his mood would not go down," one of the members of his team explained this morning.

During the crossing the sea was calm, but at the exit of Tenerife it faced the north current and the high number of hours without light. He is the first athlete in history to have achieved this challenge without any external aid element and with a water temperature that hovered around the 20 degrees during the night. The initiative has enjoyed the support of Turismo Costa del Sol and the Real Club Náutico de Tenerife.

"It has been a very hard and very long night. I never woke up, I've had waves. In the end it is true that the waves have helped us and pushed us to arrive a little earlier but we have had many complications. We are here but the end of the journey is not when I touch the island in front that is the Gran Canaria but when we finish collecting what is needed for the project of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, "said Jogengeel from the port of Agaete.

Jongeneel has again raised a double challenge, the physicist has achieved this morning and the supporter is about to do so. On this occasion he supports a project of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation (FVF) to rebuild a shelter where 25 will live, boys and girls from South India, raising funds through migranodearena. Guaranteeing the appropriate conditions for these minors to access nutritional, educational, health and social integration support is the objective.

The swimmer, through Solidary Brazadas, solidarity organization of sporting events, faces extreme challenges in seas and oceans of the world with the objective of raising awareness and raising funds for the Vicente Ferrer Foundation (FVF). Christian has faced crossings of the Strait of Gibraltar, the English Channel, the Cook Strait (New Zealand), the Al-Assad crossing of Syria, the Santa Catalina Canal, the Gateway of India (Mumbai), Peniche-Berlengas Islands (Portugal) and the Menorca Channel, among others. And in September 2017 became the first European to make two rounds to the island of Manhattan, a course of 92 kilometers that completed in 20 hours of uninterrupted swimming.

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