Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz: Кыргызстан, Qırğızstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic) and also known as Kirghizia (Russian: Киргизия) is a country in Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country with mountainous terrain. It is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west and southwest, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east. Its capital and largest city is Bishkek.
Open Water Swimming
The Lake Issyk Kul Swimming Federation is an open water swimming governing body of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for lake swims across Lake Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan. The Federation has established different lake crossings.
- Crossing 1: 13.15 km (8.17 miles) between the villages of Kara-Talaa in the south and Toru-Aygyr in the north. This route is based on a Kyrgyz myth about a horse, named Toru-Aygyr.
- Crossing 2: 17.05 km (10.6 miles) along the northern shore.
- Crossing 3: This 32.94 km (20.47 miles) route is the (currently successful crossing done on Lake Issyk Kul by Akhmed Anarbaev, a Kyrgyz Olympian, who completed this 33 km route in 1982 in a time of 10 hours 42 minutes. This route connects the villages of Ananyevo and Kyzyl-Suu.
- Crossing 4: This 60.28 km (38.46 miles) routing is the longest crossing in the lake. Akhmed Anarbaev attempted this solo crossing in 1985, but was unsuccessful. He formed a 4-person relay and in 1991 they completed this crossing in a time of 18 hours 0 minutes.