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A South African man has set two world records after completing a 54-day swim across Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa.
Forty-five-year-old swimmer Martin Hobbs now holds the Guinness / ˈgɪn ɪs / World Record for the longest solo swim in a lake after swimming 580 kilometers in 54 days. He was able to break the previous record, which was 480 kilometers in 45 days. Apart from this, Hobbs also got the world record for becoming the first individual to swim the entire length of the lake.
Following these achievements, Hobbs was able to raise $10,000. He plans to further raise money by giving speeches and writing books about his experiences until he reaches about $35,000. The Solo Swimmer, as people now call Hobbs, intends to donate the money to the Smile Foundation, a charitable organization that helps children with facial deformities.
Hobbs’s journey was not an easy one. Lake Malawi is known to be home to wild animals and harmful insects, such as crocodiles and mosquitoes. The swimmer admitted that he was terrified of the crocodiles in the lake. In addition to this, Hobbs also had to endure inclement weather. At one point, he and his team even experienced a tornado.
The efforts of the swimmer have greatly helped the Smile Foundation. Even before Hobbs finished his course, an organization has already pledged a donation amounting to about $6,900. The Smile Foundation is very grateful to Hobbs for his help. Hedley Lewis, the Smile Foundation CEO, congratulated and thanked the swimmer for raising awareness and funds for the children under the organization’s care.