Japanese Man, 73, In Record Swimming Bid

Japanese man, 73, in record swimming bid

TOKYO, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -7th Sept,2016) - A Japanese man aged 73 sought to become the world's oldest person to swim across the country's Tsugaru Strait on Wednesday, braving treacherous currents and stinging jellyfish in his quest.

Toshio Tominaga's record bid will see him spend about a dozen hours swimming across the channel in northern Japan that is considered one of the world's most difficult because of strong and unpredictable currents, his supporters said.

The strait is only 19.5 kilometres (12 miles) wide at its narrowest point, but Tominaga will need to swim about 45 kilometres, attempting to go northward while battling currents moving eastward, support team member Masayuki Moriya said.

The septuagenarian began his swim at 5:28 am Wednesday (2028 GMT Tuesday), his supporters announced on Facebook. Marathon swimmers usually attempt Tsugaru as part of their bid to complete the world's "Oceans Seven" long-distance swims, along with the English Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar and four others, according to the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA).