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Nicolas Knap

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Nicolas Knap crossing the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco
Asociación Cruce A Nado Del Estrecho De Gibraltar's Laura Gutiérrez Díaz with record-setting Nicolas Knap (in middle) and Ben Welsh in Tarifa, Spain after Knap's 3 hour 17 minute 19 second crossing from Spain to Morocco on 15 June 2019 across the Strait of Gibraltar

Nicolas Knap (born 1973) is a Canadian and French open water swimmer from Quebec City, Canada born in 1973. Born and lived in Africa until the age of 7, he started swimming in France at the age of 8. He started training seriously at 18-19 year-old and with open water in 1995.

Open Water Swimming Highlights

  • In 1996, the 1st time he participated at the 25 km French Open Water Championships. He finished 2nd and was selected for his first international open water race: the long distance swimming World Cup 25 km Evian-Lausanne-Evian. His personal goal was to finish in the top 20. He had no experience and he was always cold and his legs were cramped all week with the competition. He couldn't even walk or bend over because its psoas was so sore from the cold lake. He finished 3rd in individual and 2 by team. That's how he got his start in open water.
  • From 1996 to 2002, he was a member of the French national open water swimming team.
  • From 1996 to 2002, he was 4 times silver medallist at the French open water swimming championship in the 25 km.
  • In 1996 he won a bronze medal at the long distance swimming world cup (Evian-Lausanne-Evian, 25 km), he also won a silver medal by team.
  • In 1997, he finished 7th at the European Open Water Swimming Championships in the 25 km and won a team bronze medal.
  • In 1997, he finished 2nd overall in the FINA 10K World Cup marathon swimming circuit.
  • In 1997, he participated in the world championship of swimming with fins long distance in open water in Gdansk (Poland, August 1997).
  • From 1997 to 2002 he participated in the IMSA World Series.
  • In January 1998, he finished 10th at the World Open Water Swimming Championships in Perth in the 25 km.
  • In 1988, he finished 5th overall in the FINA World Cup marathon swimming circuit.
  • Between 1999 and 2000 he had to have surgery on both shoulders to remove pieces of tendons. He resumed competition in February 2000 after a 6-month break with the Santa Fé – Coronda Marathon.
  • In 2001 he won a bronze medal at the European Open Water Swimming Cup.
  • In July 2001, he finished 2nd in the international crossing of Lake Memprémagog 40 km in 8 h 16 m 48 s and established the 4th best performance of all times.
  • In 2002 he finished 2nd overall in the French Open Water Swimming Cup. He stopped his career in 2002. 14 years later he started swimming again for his health.
  • Between 29 November and 4 December 2016, he finished 6th overall and 3rd in the non wetsuit division in the 30 km Morocco Swim Trek Sahara Edition in 7 hours 11 minutes 12 seconds, a 6-day, 4-stage swim of 6.5 km, 8.5 km, 10 km and 5 km in the Sahara Desert without assistance or escort boat and in total autonomy.
  • On 4 June 2017, he won the non wetsuit division of a 2.5 km race from Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay in 31 minutes 17 seconds among 800 participants.
  • On 4 August 2018, he finished 4th overall and 1st in the non wetsuit division in the 12 km crossing of lac Tremblant in 2 hours 36 minutes 03 seconds.
  • On 22 February 2019, he participated in the Memphremagog Winter Swimming Festival in Lake Memphremagog in -1°C water.
  • June 15th, 2019, he completed a 14.4 km crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco ratified by the Asociación Cruce a Nado del Estrecho de Gibraltar. He set both the French and Canadian record in 3 hours 17 minutes 19 seconds, breaking the old record of 3 hours 17 minutes 49 seconds at the age of 46 in the 17.5°C water.
  • In August 2020, he embarks on the adventure of making solo crossings in Quebec, province of Canada.
  • On 15 August 2020, he completed “La Grande Traversée” in the St. Lawrence River in Québec, Canada. He became the first swimmer in Canada to swim from Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive to Isle-aux-Coudres following the ferry route. At this place the water temperature can reach 10°C to 12°C in the hottest part of the summer and the currents can go up to 10 km/h and the winds are very strong. There are also strong tides from the ocean that come up to this place. He covered about 4 km in 45 minutes 24.59 seconds.
  • On 1 August 2021, he made the 1st escape from La Grosse Isle to Berthier-sur-Mer across the St. Lawrence River. An 11 km course against the tide, strong wind and and waves. He became the first swimmer in Canada to escape from “the quarantine island” 2 hours 14 minutes 6 seconds.
  • On 13 August 2022, he won the 12.8 km Boston Light Swim in 3 hours 26 minutes 1 second, the first Canadian to win the event since Nathalie Patenaude won in 1985.
  • On 20 August 2022, he completed a 16 km down the St. Lawrence River from Cap-Rouge to Port de Québec in Québec, Canada in 2 hours 4 minutes 51 seconds at the age of 49.

Best Performances

Longest swim distances in competition

  • 88 km, river
  • 40 km, lake
  • 40 km, ocean

Longest time spent in an open water swim race

  • Miramar - Mar Del Plata, 40 km, 11 hours 0 minutes 2 seconds (1998)

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