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Champion Swimmer To Swim Around Manhattan

posted August 19, 2007 @ 8:28 PM  |  Open Water Swimming category

Hopes To Raise Money For Cancer Patients

(AP) NEW YORK After more than 22 consecutive hours of swimming around Manhattan, Marcos Diaz finally came ashore on Sunday.

The Dominican world record holder had a goal for his marathon overnight swim: to raise money for poor Dominican children with cancer and start a program for youngsters with asthma.

Diaz, 32, battled asthma as a child by swimming in the Caribbean waters, which turned him into an athlete.

"I started to swim when I was 6 to improve my lungs and my breathing," Diaz said before plunging into the Hudson River on Saturday evening.

Read on at WCBStv.com

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