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Seasickness, a jelly fish in her swimsuit and huge post-Gita swells could not stop Abhejali Bernardova from completing her Cook Strait swim on Saturday.

Bernardova, of the Czech Republic, completed the 22.5-kilometre swim in 13 hours, 9 minutes and 48 seconds, becoming the first person from a landlocked country to complete the Ocean’s Seven challenge.

The challenge, considered the marathon swimming equivalent of the Seven Summits, includes the North Channel (Scotland), the Molokai Channel (Hawaii), the English Channel, the Catalina Channel (USA), the Tsugaru Strait (Japan) and the Strait of Gibraltar (Spain).

The Cook Strait swim, north to south, took Abhejali Bernardova 13 hours, 9 minutes and 48 seconds.
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The Cook Strait swim, north to south, took Abhejali Bernardova 13 hours, 9 minutes and 48 seconds.

While hundreds have completed the Seven Summits, the highest mountains in each of the seven continents, only 10 have completed the Ocean’s Seven. Bernardova is the fourth woman to do so, and the first person from a landlocked country.

Bernardova said her Cook Strait swim, from Ohau Point in Wellington to Perano Head in the Marlborough Sounds, was the „second toughest“ swim she had done.

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