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Right muddy mess at World Bog Snorkeling Championships

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 01:11

A Briton swims through muddy waters to a new world record and beats more than 150 other competitors from far and wide at the World Bog Snorkeling Championships in Wales. Tara Cleary reports.

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The mad, muddy world of bog snorkeling. This year the world championship was held in Wales, where 155 contestants paid to swim two lengths of a 60-yard-long weed infested bog. So, what exactly does it take to swim this swamp? SOUNDBITE: Unidentified competitor, saying (English): "Just being really fast and not drowning. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified competitor, saying (English): "Buoyancy, obviously. Buoyancy would be good. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified competitor, saying (English): "You need stamina, the ability to defy the cold." After five hours of grueling competition, former club swimmer Kirsty Johnson from England beat the bog in world record time. SOUNDBITE: Kirsty Johnson, winner of the World Bog Snorkeling Championship, saying (English): "My technique was to send my sister first so she could try it out, butterfly kick all the way to the other end, then my legs were knackered and I had to go front crawl." And for the competition's 30th anniversary next year, perhaps the bog busters will return to conquer the sludge monster.

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Right muddy mess at World Bog Snorkeling Championships

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 01:11