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Iron Swim Olympiad

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Iron Swimmer Nejib Belhedi starting an Iron Swim in the Mediterranean Sea
Iron Swimmer Nejib Belhedi of Tunisia, originator of the Iron Swim concept, who swam from Kerkennah to Sfax in 2015 after his first crossing in 1991

noun - The Iron Swim Olympiad is an open water swimming competition of 60 km where 12 open water swimmers will pull 12 different catamarans from Southern Gabes littoral to Djerba Island in Tunisia in September 2016. Each swimmer will pull 120 kg in their catamaran under the official governance of Simon Griffiths, Stuart Hyde and Thomas Noblett.


Stage 1: Monastir Stage, 20 km from Big Kuriat Island to Monastir Beach (Chatt El Gorrayaa)

Stage 2: Gabes Stage: 20 Km Limaoua Beach

Stage 3: Medenine Stage: 20 Km Djerba Island

Iron Swim[edit]

Nage de Fer or an Iron Swim is a marathon swim of at least 10 km in distance by a solo swimmer where the swimmer must pull a small boat carrying at least two passengers for the entire distance. The Iron Swim can also serve as a charity swim or a environmental swim. Under special circumstances if bad weather or rough sea conditions occur, the two passengers can be replaced with weights of equal weight for safety reasons. A rope is attached around the waist of the solo swimmer to the trailing boat. The trailing boat can be a small catamaran made of glass or carbon fiber.

The Iron Swim concept was developed by Nejib Belhedi, a Tunisian marathon swimmer and channel swimmer.


The swimmer reminds observers and spectators of the ancient Phoenicians who sailed across the Mediterranean Sea. The Iron swimmer is thought to symbolize pulling rafts loaded by supplies to ships. The rope between the swimmer and the catamaran symbolize a link between generations in a harmonious society.

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