Turkoglu conquers Cook Strait in impressive swim

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Turkish swimmer Aysu Turkoglu conquered the difficult Cook Strait crossing, completing it in an impressive time of 7 hours and 21 minutes

Turkoglu conquers Cook Strait in impressive swim

Turkish open-water swimmer Aysu Turkoglu swam across the Cook Strait in New Zealand on Wednesday in 7 hours, 21 minutes and 40 seconds.

Turkoglu, who entered the water at about 6 a.m. GMT, managed to cross the 27-kilometer (17-mile) challenging course in the dark.

The 22-year-old unfurled the Turkish flag and celebrated with fans who followed her live on social media.

Turkoglu, who became the youngest Turk to swim the English Channel in 16:28 on July 30, 2022, also swam the 40-kilometer North Channel in 11:48:19 on Aug. 9, 2023, and was the first Turkish woman and the youngest Turkish athlete to do so.

She has completed the third stage of her dream achievement, Oceans Seven – a marathon challenge consisting of seven open water channel swims: The North Channel, Cook Strait, Molokaʻi Channel, English Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Strait and the Strait of Gibraltar.

Source: AA

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