Akhmed Anarbaev

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32.94 km (20.47-mile) crossing route of Lake Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan, completed by Akhmed Anarbaev in 1982
60.28 km (38.46-mile) crossing route of Lake Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan, attempted by Akhmed Anarbaev in 1985 and crossed by a 4-person relay in 1991 in 18 hours 0 minutes

Akhmed Anarbaev was a 1968 USSR Olympian who later broke a European swimming record in 1970. He specialized in the 400m freestyle. He finished 23rd in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. He was later a coach at the Kyrgyz StateAcademy of Physical Education and Sport (KSAPES) and competed in the 2015 FINA World Masters Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Open Water Swimming

The Kyrgyz Olympian completed a 33 km crossing of Lake Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan between the villages of Ananyevo and Kyzyl-Suu in 1982 in a time of 10 hours 42 minutes. He also attempted a solo crossing of 60.28 km (38.46 miles) in 1985, but was unsuccessful. He formed a 4-person relay and in 1991 they completed this crossing in a time of 18 hours 0 minutes.


Issyk-Kul (also Ysyk Köl, Issyk-Kol: Kyrgyz: Ысык-Көл; Russian: Иссык-Куль) is an endorheic lake in the northern Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan. It is the tenth largest lake in the world by volume (though not in surface area), and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. Although it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it never freezes; hence its name, which means "hot lake" in the Kyrgyz language (Chinese: 熱海; literally: "Hot Sea" in Chinese). The lake is a Ramsar site of globally significant biodiversity (Ramsar Site RDB Code 2KG001) and forms part of the Issyk-Kul Biosphere Reserve.

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