Alexander Brylin

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Alexander Brylin is the head of the organizing committee of the First Intercontinental Swimming Relay From Eurasia To America Across The Bering Strait or the Meeting of the Sun (or the Bering Strait Swim, an unprecedented 86-kilometer (53 mile) relay swim across the Bering Strait from Cape Dezhnev, Chukotka, Russia, to Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska U.S.A. (via Big and Little Diomede Islands).

He is also the President of the AQUICE-sport Federation and once established a record for the longest distance swum in an ice hole - 1700 meters in 48 minutes 25 seconds in the Ice Hole Endurance Swimming Championship in Blagoveschensk, Russia on March 27th 2010. He swam 2200m in 1 hour 1 minute at the 2012 Russian Winter Swimming Championships in Tyumen, Russia.

The water temperature for the First Intercontinental Swimming Relay From Eurasia To America Across The Bering Strait is estimated to range between 4-8°C. There will be 30 swimmers from China, Russia, Czech Republic, Canada, Great Britain, Latvia and the USA taking part, each swimming for up to 20 minutes at a time. The team's estimated crossing time is 30 hours. All the swimmers are experienced cold water swimmers and have prepared well for the August 10th start date. The relay members include Jack Bright from the United Kingdom.

Russian Winter Swimming Championships

At the 2012 Russian Winter Swimming Championships that were held in Tyumen (Russian: Тюме́н), 1,700 kilometers east of Moscow, Brylin swam 2,200 meters in 1 hour 1 minute in a water temperature of 0.3°C and air temperatures between - 30°C and -33°C. The top finishers were as follows:

1. Andrei Sychev (Tyumen, Russia) swam 2250m in 1:06:15
2. Alexander Brylin (Blagoveshchensk, Russia) swam 2200m in 1:01:43
3. Henry Kaarma (Estonia) swam 1650m in 25:25
4. Nikolai Glushkov (Novosibirsk, Russia) swam 1050m in 21:18

Natalie Gray of Moscow, Russia won the women's endurance race by swimming 1050m total.

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