Yuko Matsuzaki (松崎裕子) is a professional marathon swimmer with swims in several countries around the world. She serves as a Marathon Swimming Mentor.
Open Water Swimming Highlights
- Matsuzaki is the first Japanese to be inducted as an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2011 when she gave a rousing acceptance speech at the United Nations in June 2011 at the Global Open Water Swimming Conference and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
- She is a two-time member of the 24-hour club.
- She is a board director and representative of the Tsugaru Channel Swimming Association, helping foreign channel swimmers attempt the Tsugaru Channel in Japan.
- She wrote a book called Marathon Swimming: My Fun Journey in Japanese.
- She completed two long unprecedented lake swims in Lake Cane, Florida with a 82 km marathon swim in 29 hours 55 minutes and her longest non-stop lake swim of 83 km completed in 33 hours 24 minutes in 13 September 2008 to join the 24-hour club.
- She completed an unprecedented 21 km marathon swim in 2014 (6 hours) and a 25 km marathon swim in 2015 (7 hours 28 minutes) between North Caicos to Grace Bay, Providenciales in Turks & Caicos called Swim Marathon Turks & Caicos.
Professional Marathon Swimming Career
Matsuzaki's long international marathon swimming career includes a number of professional marathon swims:
- in Serbia (the 19 km Jarak-Šabac Marathon Swim)
- in Greece (the 15 km International Swimming Marathon of Toroneos Gulf and 16 km Trichonida Marathon in 6:29 and the 30 km Open Water Swimming Marathon Kalamata – Koroni in 8:47 and 10:47)
- in Italy (the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli)
- in Argentina (the 22 km and 57 km Maratón Internacional Ciudad de Rosario 9 times, 88K Hernandarias-Parana Marathon in 10:27, 10:08, 10:20, 10:47 and 11:04, the 57 km Maratón Acuático Rio Coronda in 9:48 and 9:37, the 25 km Mar del Plata)
- in the USA (the 35 km Around Atlantic City Marathon Swim in 8:46, 10:17, 9:08, 9:14, 12:10, 9:26 and 9:13, the 25K Swim Across The Sound in 7:37, 7:30, 8:33, 8:46 and 8:06)
- in Bermuda (the 10 km Round the Sound)
- in Canada (a double crossing of Lac Memphrémagog and the 40 km Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog in 11:24, 13:09, 11:01 and 11:48, and 40 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean)
- in Italy (the 27 km Teracina Marathon in 9:30, the 35 km Riviera Marathon in10:03 and the Capri-Napoli Marathon in 8:46, 9:42, 9:57 and 11:30, and the 20 km Trasimeno Marathon in 4:57)
- in Brazil (the 27 km Tapes Marathon in 7:40 and 9:01 and 8:30)
- in France (the 25 km Lac Du Bourget)
- and several 12- and 24-hour non-stop swims on behalf of the YMCA Youth Scholarship Fund
- 21 km unprecedented crossing of Grace Bay in Turks & Caicos in 2014
- 25 km 7 hour 28 minute unprecedented crossing of Grace Bay in Turks & Caicos in 2015
- On 5 July 1992, she finished 38th in the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in 8 hours 46 minute 17 seconds.
- On 5-6 October 2019, she set a Guinness World Record for the Longest continuous swim in a counter-current pool conducted in an Endless Pool in Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach, California after swimming 24 hours 1 minute from 8:00 am on 5 October to 8:01 am on 6 October 2019. Her support team included Chris Morgan, Chieko Smith, Shelley Taylor-Smith, Steven Munatones, Josef Köberl, Mark Lutz and Steve Stumpfrock.
Guinness World Record
At Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach, California.
She wrote a book called Marathon Swimming, My Fun Journey. She writes SWIM Magazine and JOYO newspaper every month.
Matsuzaki graduated from the Tokyo Women's college of Physical Education with a B.A.in Physical Education from the Institute of Sports Science at The University of Tsukuba. She completed a study on fin swimming and presented her research at The Annals of Physiological Anthropology/Tsukuba University, Graduate school of Physical Education. She completed a study on the Methodology of Physical Education entitled Energy efficiency of the Mono-Fin that was presented at the 37th Japanese Society of Physical Education.
First Professional Marathon Swim
Matsuzaki explained her first experience in a professional marathon swim at the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli, the Italian leg of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit.
Swim Marathon Turks & Caicos
World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women
She was named to the list of World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2015.
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