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Nabil ElShazly

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Captain Nabil Elshazly, four-time world champion
Naser Elshazly greeted by his proud father/coach Captain Nabil Elshazly after this first Capri-Naples victory - both are Honor Swimmers in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

Captain Nabil Elshazly is an Egyptian open water swimmer from Alexandria. He was a 4-time world champion in the early 1960's and is an inductee (Honor Swimmer) in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2020. He is acknowledged throughout the Middle East as the godfather of open water swimming. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, he traveled the world and raised two sons who were also successful professional marathon swimmers, Nasser Elshazly and Osama Elshazly.

Professional Marathon Swimming Career

• He won the 1961 world championships that were held at the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy and was named the world marathon swimming champion in 1961.
• He won the 1962 world championships that were held at the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy and was named the world marathon swimming champion in 1962. The record he set in his 1962 victory stood for 10 years.
• He won the 1963 world championships that were held at the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy and was named the world marathon swimming champion in 1963.
• He won the 1964 world championships that were held at the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy and was named the world marathon swimming champion in 1964.
• He won the 1964 32 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Quebec, Canada.
• He finished 2nd in the 1965 32 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Quebec, Canada.
• He won the 1964 Saint-Félicien Lac Race in Quebec, Canada.
• He won the 35 km Ohrid Lake Swimming Marathon in Yugoslavia in 1962.
• He won the 44 km Suez Canal International Race in the Suez Canal in Egypt.
• He finished 2nd in the 1964 24 Heures La Tuque with Abdul Latif Abou Heif in Lac La Tuque, Quebec, Canada.
• He finished 3rd in the Lake Ontario 10-mile race in Canada.
• He finished 2nd in the 10-mile Trio Pod Swim in Canada.
• He finished 3rd in the 10 km Sante Fe Lake Swim in 1966.
• He finished 3rd in the 88 km Maratón Internacional Hernandarias – Parana in Argentina in 1966.
• He finished 2nd in the 10-mile Parana race in Argentina in 1966.
• He is a holder of a lifetime membership of the Channel Swimming Association.

Coaching Career

• He served as Egypt's National Open Water Swimming coach for 25 years and passed on his love of the open water to hundreds of amateur and professional swimmers including Mohamed Marouf, an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer, Class of 2018, during his record-setting International Self-Transcendence Marathon-Schwimmen in Switzerland.
• He served as coach of 25 successful English Channel crossings including the 33.5 km crossing of his son Nasser ElShazly, an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer, Class of 1979, who broke the English Channel record in 1977.

Waterman Legacy

• He is the founder of the Egyptian lifesaving and underwater federation and was elected as an executive board member for many years.
• He left his mark as an international consultant for scuba diving and lifesaving.
• He was a sailing and rowing competitor.
• He still competes in masters pool swimming events.

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