A Bulgarian man has swum more than 2km (1.25 miles) tied up in a bag hoping to set a Guinness World record. It took Jane Petkov some two and three-quarter hours to cover the distance in Lake Ohrid in Macedonia.
With his arms and legs tied to his body, the 59-year-old swam on his back
"like a dolphin", organiser Saso Tockov said. The "amphibian man's" average speed was 0.7km/h.
"I was very cold for the first kilometre but after that it was all fine - no
problem whatsoever," Mr Petkov was said after completing the swim on
Tuesday. "Had the water been warmer, I could have 10km or more."
The event organisers said they had properly documented the swim in order for
it to be officially recognised as a Guinness World record. However, there was some discrepancy in local reports over the distance that
Mr Petkov had swum while the exact time he spent in the water varied from 2
hours 47 minutes to 2 hours 55 minutes. Guinness World Records has so far made no
public comment on the issue.