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Iancu Avram

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Iancu Avram WOWSA certificate for swimming 26.35 km upstream in the Danube River in Romania in 18 hours 30 minutes
Iancu Avram is the protagonist of SW!M, a documentary film directed by Sabin Dorohoi
Iancu Avram is a nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, part of the WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
Iancu Avram, English Channel swimmer

Iancu Avram (born 18 February 1976) is a 45-year-old librarian, martial arts national champion in Kyokusin karate, triathlete, mountain biker, mountain runner, and open water swimmer who is a member of the 24-Hour Club from Petrosani, Transylvania, a landlocked town in Romania.

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

SW!M Trailer[edit]



A documentary film by Sabin Dorohoi.

Swim of Peace Video[edit]

2021 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Award[edit]

Avram Iancu won the 2021 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Award for his 26.35 km upstream swim in the Danube River in Romania, starting from the Iron Gate Dam and finishing in 18 hours 30 minutes.

Winner: Avram Iancu (Romania)
First Runner-up: José Eduardo do Amaral Ferreira (Brazil)
Second Runner-up: Jordan Leckey (Ireland)
4. Krzysztof Gajewski (Poland)
5. Meliah Motchman (Canada)
6. Courtney Moates Paulk (USA)
7. Rusya – Türkiye Uluslararasi Karadeniz 320 km Açik Deniz Yüzme Maratonu (Russia – Turkey)
8. Jennifer Dutton (USA)
9. John Batchelder (USA)
10. Serge Gellé and Andrianarison Jimmy Laitsara (Madagascar)
11. Qing Li (USA)
12. Défi Titicaca (France)
13. Anna Brown (Andorra)
14. Oceane Cassignol (France)
15. Matan Roditi (Israel)

2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination[edit]

He was nominated for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association. The nominees include:

1. Evgenij Pop Acev (Macedonia)
2. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico)
4. John Batchelder (USA)
4. Guillermo Bertola (Argentina)
5. Avram Iancu (Romania)
6. Stéphane Lecat (France)
6. Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer (USA)
8. Lynton Mortensen (Australia)
9. Simone Ruffini (Italy)
10. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria)
11. Sayed Ihsan Taheri (Afghanistan)
12. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
14. Philip Yorke (Great Britain)

2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination[edit]

Avram Iancu wanted to do something very special – he wanted to swim 2,860 km across 10 European nations along the entire Danube River and four capital cities. He not only pushed himself longer than he ever imagined over the course of 89 days, but he also faced and overcame rougher and colder conditions than he ever thought possible. More importantly, he touched thousands of people who were inspired by his engaging personality, his humble manner, his visible strength of character, and the sheer physicality of his feat. The 41-year-old librarian graciously met local politicians and students; he spoke with celebrities and environmentalists; he swam with local people. For his 4-month promotion and celebration of the sport, for his minimalistic approach to stage swimming as he lived off the land without a large entourage or crew, for his personable approach to serving as a swimming ambassador throughout 11 European countries, Avram Iancu is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

English Channel Crossing[edit]


Avram Iancu's third attempt on 11 August 2015 of the English Channel (Românul Avram Iancu traversează Canalul Mânecii)

Danube River Stage Swim[edit]


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