Alejandro Larriera

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Alejandro Larriera swimming up the Parana River in Argentina in 1988
Certificate from the Asociacion Maratón Acuática Rio Coronda for Alejandro Larriera's unprecedented upstream swim in the Coronda River in 25 hours 11 minutes 29 seconds on 26-27 December 1988
Alejandro Larriera (on the right) in Santa Fe swim in 1975
Alejandro Larriera in La Paz swim in 1988

Alejandro Larriera is an Argentinian researcher developing conservation programs in Argentina for the broad-snouted caiman, Caiman latirostris. He is the Dir Gen de Manejo de Fauna y Flora (MASPyMA-Santa Fe) and Deputy Chairman Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG/SSC/IUCN).

Open Water Swimming Career

Larriera was a professional marathon swimmer from Argentina. He also coached International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmers including Diego Degano and Christof Wandratsch. He is the son of Carlos Larriera, an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

He competed in many professional marathon swimming competitions in Argentina (Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda), Canada (Lac St Jean) and the United States of America (Atlantic City).

  • He swam from La Paz City to Paraná City (158 km) in 21 hours 46 minutes - setting the speed record.
  • He swam from Santa Fe city and Rosario city (178 km) in 24 hs and 39 minutes. The record here is held by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree Claudio Plit in 23 hours 59 minutes, with Alejandro holding the second best time.

24 Hour Club

Between 26-27 December 1988, Larriera swam the famed 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda race in the Coronda River, but he did the entire course upstream (i.e., from Coronda to Santa Fe) that took him 25 hours 11 minutes 29 seconds and to join the 24-hour Club.

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