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Neil Agius

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Neil Agius is a 35-year-old open water swimmer and former Olympic swimmer from Malta.

Open Water Swimming Highlights[edit]

  • Agius competed at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in the 400m freestyle.
  • Agius held national records in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle.
  • Richard Zerafa, Gilbert Bartolo and Neil Agius attempted a 70 km clockwise circumnavigation swim around Malta, starting and finishing at Marfa on 20 July 2018. Agius completed the planned unassisted 70 km circumnavigation swim in 21 hours 52 minutes on 21 July 2018.
  • Agius swam 38 km around the Malta island of Gozo in 2019 in 10 hours.
  • On 25-26 June 2020, Agius completed a 100 km Sicily to Malta Swim in 28 hours 7 minutes 27 seconds to join the 24-Hour Club. He left Sicily from Punta Braccetto in the province of Ragusa on 25 June 2020 at 5:15 am and arrived at St Julian's Water Polo & Aquatic Club on 26 June at 9:24 am at the age of 34. The swim was part of the Wave of Change movement which aims to raise awareness about marine pollution and threats to marine habitats. He broke the existing record from Sicily to Gozo set by Nicky Farrugia in 1985 in 30 hours 17 minutes. His escort pilot was Jan Rossi.
  • On 30 June 2012, he completed a 126.3 km swim from Linosa, Italy to Xlendi Bay, Gozo on Malta in over 52 hours at the age of 35.

2020 WOWSA Award Nomination[edit]

The Century Swim To Malta by Neil Agius was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year category with the following nominated: 2004 Olympian Neil Agius has increased his distance from 400 meters to 38 km around Gozo to 70 km around Malta and is now at 100 km when he swam from Sicily, Italy to his native country of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. His 28 hour 7 minute not only broke the existing record held by fellow Maltese Olympian Nicky Farrugia who also swam from Sicily to Gozo in 1985 in 30 hours 17 minutes, but it has also immediately inspired him to go further. The 34-year-old departed from Sicily at 5:15 am and arrived at St Julian’s Water Polo & Aquatic Club in Malta the next day at 9:24 am, with the swim becoming a subject of a documentary called The Long Swim Home. For creating and succeeding in a charity swim as part of the Wave of Change movement which raises awareness about marine pollution and threats to marine habitats, for setting a new record from Sicily to Malta, and for dreaming of longer, tougher and more ambitious goals as a result of his Sicily-to-Malta crossing, the Century Swim To Malta by Neil Agius is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

The Long Swim Home[edit]


A LovinMalta documentary film

Marathon Swim Stories[edit]

He appeared with Shannon House Keegan on Marathon Swim Stories.

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