Strait up! Endurance athlete swimming across Øresund

CPH Post
June 18th, 2021

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Tomorrow morning, Rip Davenport may become the first person to complete the 15km route alongside the Øresund Bridge

Rip Davenport will hit the cool waters of Øresund tomorrow morning

Tomorrow, ultra endurance athlete Rip Davenport will swim across the Øresund Strait from Denmark to Sweden alongside the imposing figure of the Øresund Bridge.

The swim is an estimated 15.35 km and Davenport, 51, may possibly become the first person to swim the proposed route.

“Being dwarfed by a magnificent engineering structure, this will be one of the scariest and most thrilling locations I have ever swam in,” said Davenport.

“It’s not about being the first, swimming the furthest or the fastest. It’s quite simply just a swim, a personal challenge.”

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Not his first rodeo
Davenport, a former rescue swimmer and medical first responder, has completed multiple triathlons, long distance swims (10km+), swim/run events and ultra races including IRONMAN full distance triathlon.

In 2015, he became the first person to swim the length of the Kenmare River, in the Republic of Ireland (42km). He even walked across the Gobi desert twice.

The Øresund Bridge, linking Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö, was inaugurated on 1 July 2000.

Weather permitting, Davenport is set to begin his arduous journey at 07:00 in the morning and he is estimated to finish at around 13-14:00.


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