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‘Job Well Done, Fantastic Swim’: First Person To Ever Swim Between Sicily And Malta Hails Neil Agius’ Record-Breaking Time

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As Maltese activist Neil Agius goes down in history for his incredible swim between Sicily and Malta as part of a campaign to raise awareness on plastic pollution, the first Maltese man to ever complete the herculean swim is full of praise.

“Job well done,” said Nicky Farrugia, praising Agius him for his “consistent stroke and rhythm all the way” during what he called a “fantastic swim”.

His comments, as reported by the Times of Malta, come nearly 35 years after Farrugia first broke the record for swimming over 100 kilometres between the two Mediterranean islands.

On the 28th of July, 1985, Farrugia had swum from Pozzallo to Qbajjar, Gozo, arriving in 30 hours and 17 minutes.

Today, Agius broke that record in front of a cheering crowd, arriving in Balluta Bay after swimming for 28 hours and seven minutes.

Agius swam the distance as part of the Wave of Change campaign to raise awareness over plastic pollution in our oceans.

Indeed, the dedicated environmentalist was even seen picking up some litter when he arrived in Balluta Bay. With the 34-year-old’s impressive feat reminding us all of the serious issues the island – and the world – has with pollution, everyone is now waiting to see what’s next for the unstoppable Agius.

Photo left: Triathlon Malta, photo right: Jeremy Debattista 

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