Portuguese American Journal

Miguel Arrobas finishes 7th at the Manhattan Marathon Swim – New York

Portuguese open water swimmer Miguel Arrobas, 38, finished 7th, with 7:46, at the “Manhattan Island Marathon Swim,” Saturday, June 18, in New York City.

Solo swimmers and relay teams usually take about seven to nine hours to complete the marathon — the longest swimming event in the world.

American swimmer Erika Rose, 28, won the competition with 7:29:29, followed by Australian swimmer John van Wisse, 28, a three-time Manhattan Island Marathon Swim champion, winner of second place with 7:33:50.  Miguel Arrobas was 7th among the top fastest eight swimmers and the 5th among the male swimmers category.

The course started and finished at South Cove in Battery Park City on the Hudson River, just south of the North Cove Yacht Harbour.  Swimmers set out south around the tip of Manhattan, then counter-clockwise around Manhattan Island via the East River.

Miguel Arrobas is the first Portuguese ever to attempt to swim the 28.5 miles race, the equivalent to 52,78km, in a full counter-clockwise circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan.

At “Manhattan Island Marathon Swim,” Miguel Arrobas competed along swimmers from 11 different countries, and from 13 different American states.

For Miguel this is a very important challenge for his career. His next goal is to compete at the “Ocean’s Seven” project, an important step to conclude the “Triple Crown.” Another goal is to swim solo connecting the 9 islands of the Azores in 2012

Sunday, June 19, Miguel Arrobas will  run 5 miles at the Portugal Day Central Park Marathon organized by the Portuguese American resident community in New York City.

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