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Sven Elfferich

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Sven Elfferich's Ice Kilometer world record was nominated for the 2019 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year category

Sven Elfferich is a 17-year-old Dutch open water swimmer.

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2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination

Elfferich's Ice Kilometer world record swim was nominated for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award as follows:

At the Austrian Ice Swimming Championships in Freizeitverein Altenwörth, 17-year-old Sven Elfferich swam at a speed never before seen in the ice swimming world. His new world record for the Ice Kilometer was the first time that the 12-minute barrier was broken. The teenager swam a blazing 11 minutes 55:40 seconds in the 3.60°C water in a 25m pool build in a tributary of the Danube River. Breathing bilaterally and swimming with a very high body position in the water, Elfferich swims with textbook technique enhanced with very quick open turns. The Dutch teenager opened up a new chapter in ice swimming and will be a force to reckon with long into the future. For breaking the existing world record of 4-time Bulgarian Olympian Petar Stoychev of 12:15.87, for building upon his earlier age group world records and achieving his potential, and for his youthful exuberance and genuine excitement while serving as one of the ice swimming community's most acclaimed swimmers, the Ice Kilometer world record swim by Sven Elfferich is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

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