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World Record Holders To Face Off In Cold, Cold Murmansk

Photo of Alisa Fatum courtesy of Martin Tschepe, Veitsbronn, Bavaria, Germany. Information courtesy of Ram Barkai, International Ice Swimming Association, Murmansk, Russia.

Since Renata Nováková set the first Ice Kilometer world record of 14:21.0 in 2015, Julia Wittig and Hanna Bakuniak have steadily dropped the record that is currently held by Alisa Fatum.

The decrease in times has been extraordinarily impressive. A remarkable world record time decrease of 10.7% has been achieved over the last 4 years:

* Renata Nováková (Czech Republic) IISA 1st World Championship on March 20th 2015 – 14:21.0
* Julia Wittig (Germany) Ice Cup Burghausen powered by Aqua Sphere on December 3rd 2016 – 13:07.5 (8.5% decrease)
* Hanna Bakuniak (Poland) Ice Swimming German Open on January 7 2018 – 13:05.7 (0.2% decrease)
* Alisa Fatum (Germany) Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open on January 6th 2019 – 12:48.7 (2.1% decrease)

With all the former and existing world record holders scheduled to compete in the upcoming International Ice Swimming 3rd World Championships in Murmansk, Russia in March, the record will most likely fall again.
It is remarkable that four world record holders will face off head-to-head in any sport,” observed Steven Munatones. “World record holders have an incredible level of ‘grit’ and drive – and the way the championships are shaping up with such global interest, seeing four swim shoulder-to-shoulder will be a unique experience.”

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