Swimmer expected to complete Mississippi River venture on Monday

From staff reports

A man attempting to swim all 2,380 miles of the Mississippi River is about 40 miles short of his goal.

Martin Strel, a world-record holding marathon swimmer from Slovenia, had hoped to reach the Gulf of Mexico by sunset today. But delays caused by barge traffic and rough currents have pushed Strel two days behind schedule.

Members of Strel's support team, including canoeist Matthew Mohlke of Oronoco, expect Strel to enter the Gulf of Mexico sometime Monday afternoon.

Strel started swimming the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca on July 4. His goal was to reach the river's end within 66 days. Regardless of how long it takes Strel to complete his swim, though, he would become the first person to swim the river's full length.


Strel is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for two achievements: swimming the Danube River and swimming the longest distance, non-stop.

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