World Record
Achieved the September 20, 2020

Thierry Corbalan, the last record.

  • Discipline : Aquatics sport > Swimming
  • Disability : Bilateral amputee
  • Set by : M. Thierry CORBALAN
  • Nationality : French
  • Location : Calvi, Corsica

My final challenge had been close to my heart for several years because it was a symbolic way to close the loop. 750 kms covered for 14 challenges in 11 years and about 15,000 kms in training.

Returning to the place where I lost both my arms on the day of Daniel Dulta's birthday, the man who saved my life in 1988, seemed to me the best way to end my adventures. It was from Calvi that I decided to leave on September 14th around 12:20 p.m. accompanied by a catamaran and two kayaks. On the first day I set off for 6 hours of non-stop swimming in a formed sea and a contrary current. The next day, launch at 6:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., then from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the current is always the opposite and morale starts to drop because my average is low and I'm afraid I won't be present in Mandelieu to wish my friend the birthday. From Wednesday I decide to swim two-hour sessions with a 30' break where I can rehydrate and refuel. Five sessions a day allow me to swim 10 hours and cover 30 kilometers. On Friday afternoon the current reversed by becoming favourable which allowed me to swim more efficiently and to catch up with the delay accumulated since the start.

Sunday, September 20th I hit the dolphin beach in Mandelieu la Napoule at 12:22 where many friends awaits but especially my wife Patricia and my friend Daniel without whom this challenge would not have seen the light of day ....

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