Limbless Frenchman to swim around world

Limbless Frenchman to swim around world

Paris : France | Apr 26, 2012 at 3:55 AM PDT
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Philippe Croizon

Philippe Croizon, Limbless French endurance athlete ,who has previously crossed the English Channel, two years ago, is planning to swim around the world in record time in the next four months.

Croizon lost his limbs after he was electrocuted while changing a TV antenna on his roof in 1994. The 44-year-old swims using prosthetic limbs and fins attached to the stumps of his legs.

He announced Tuesday that he wants to swim four straits between five continents before the end of August, with long-distance swimmer, Arnaud Chassery.

Five years ago, Mr Croizon learned to swim. He devised a new method, using short, artificial leg extensions, flippers, a snorkel and what remained of his upper arms for balance

Mr Croizon and Mr Chassery, who have called their challenge Nager au-delà des frontières (swimming across frontiers), will represent Handicap International at events around the world during their venture.

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LIMBLESS French endurance athlete Philippe Croizon
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