Man aims to break world record for swimming with arms and legs tied

Nanjing: A Chinese man is hoping to set a new Guinness World Record for swimming the furthest with all four limbs tied up.

Sun Yongding has been practicing his stunt in the Qinghuai River in Nanjing, eastern China’s Jiangsu Province.

A helpful friend ties up the 47-year-old’s arms and legs before he throws himself into the river and starts swimming.

He is able to cover a distance of around 500 meters in 10 minutes and his record is swimming 1.8km (1.1 miles).

“When I was young a lot of my pals were trying to swim in creative ways and I thought of swimming with four limbs tied up then,” he says.

Sun started to take the idea seriously from 2001 and, to start with, practiced swimming using only his arms or only his legs.

He then gradually learnt to swim with both arms.

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