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May 2019 / special vinyl swimsuit tested

Dutch long-distance swimmer Maarten van der Weijden tested a special vinyl swimsuit on the weekend of 11-12 May. The tour prepared him for his new attempt to swim the Elfstedentocht (200 km) next summer. Last year he had to give up his first attempt after 163 kilometers because his body could not stand it anymore. Therefore Van der Weijden wanted to see what would happen if he spent the night in very cold water. The water temperature of the IJsselmeer is 12 degrees. The test went well: The vinyl swimsuit kept his body temperature at 37.1 degrees. Van der Weijden will begin his new attempt on June 21st. He does that to raise money for cancer research. Photo: Eize Hoekstra/MWF

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