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7th of August, 1987 American Lynne Cox swam from the U.S. to Russia

On the 7th of August, 1987 swimmer Lynne Cox became the first person to break the distance of 4160m in the Bering Strait. Thus, in a 6-degree water for less than 2 hours, Cox swam from the island of Little Diomede to Big Diomede Island. If you examine the map, you can see that the first island is located in the U.S. state of Alaska, and the second - is a part of Russia.

It was a stellar swim in the career of 30-year-old swimmer. However, by the time Lynne Cox had already several records. At the age of 14 she is in the team of teenagers swam the strait between the island of Catalina and California for 12h and 36min. In 1972, she crossed the English Channel for 9h. and 57min., and a year later was able to reduce this time to 21min. In 1975,she conquered Cook Strait (on the map this Strait separates the islands of New Zealand) in 1976 -The Strait of Magellan in Chile. In 1978, she has swum in the waters full of sharks and was able to swim around Cape of Good Hope, having overcome a distance of 12.8 km in just 3:00h.

On the 7th of August, 1988 Cox having swam in the waters of Lake Baikal she covered 18 miles in 4hrs. and 18min. from Cape cormorants to Cross Deep.

This Day in History 07-08-2013