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Marcos Díaz

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Marcos Díaz
Birth date: 
January 12, 1975

Marcos Díaz was born on January 12th, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Dominican ultra distance swimmer in open waters, is the only swimmer to have united the five continents of the world by swimming. 

As a child he was diagnosed with chronic asthma and he began swimming by his doctors advise to fight this condition. 

Marcos Díaz has been present in the international level with stunning solo crossings such as swimming a total of 22 hours nonstop when he did two complete swims around Manhattan island in New York or when he was crowned champion in one of the longest competitions worldwide in the River Bhagirathi in India swimming a total of 81km. 

In 2010 he got the world to support him with the motto "I swim with Marcos" while he tried to unify five continents for the cause of attaining the United Nations Millenium Development Goals, while also doing charity work at every stop. This made him win the Man of the Year Award from the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2011.

1999 Ken Killian's Ocean Mile Swim 1 nautical mile. International record of ultra-distance swimming in a 25m pool: 52km in 15 hours 00 minutes and 27 seconds.

Also in the LatyCar'99 he won five medals, 3rd place and 6th overall in the 3km open water swim. 

2002 Crossing and Record: "Swim Across the Ocoa Bay" 38km in 9 hours 17 minutes Azua-Baní, Dominican Republic.

Third place overall "24 mile marathon Swim Across Tampa Bay" 38.8km in 9 hours 3 minutes Tampa, Florida, USA.

Second place by category and 33rd overall "Waikiki Rough Water Swim" in 3.9km in 50 minutes 19 seconds Waikiki, Hawaii, USA.

2003 Triple International Record of Ultra-Distance Swimming in a 25m Pool: Marcos Díaz established a mark of 60km in 14 hours and 50 minutes, he breaks the established mark of 53km and sets a new mark in 50km.

2004 Crossing and Record "Swim Acroos the Samaná Bay" 16km in 4 hours 16 minutes Samaná, Dominican Republic.

Second place "24 mile marathon Swim Across Tampa Bay" 38.8km in 9 hours 28 minutes Tampa, Florida, USA.

Seventh place overall "Manhattan Island Marathon Swim" 46km in 7 hours 48 minutes New York, New York, USA.

First place overall "34th International Swimming Crossing of the Toroneos Gulf" 26km in 6 hours 29 minutes Halkidiki, Greece.

"Swim Across the English Channel" First Dominican to ever cross from England to France 37km in 9 hours 56 minutes. 

2005 First place overall "1st International Marathon Swim Across Samaná Bay" 16km in 3 hours 50 minutes Samaná, Dominican Republic.

First place overall "35th International Swimming Crossing of the Toroneos Gulf" 26km in 6 hours 26 minutes Halkidiki, Greece.

Crossing and World Record "Swim Between the Continents" He sets a new world record in the Double Crossing of the Gibraltar Strait (Europe - Africa - Europe) 44km in 8 hours 34 minutes Spain - Morocco - Spain.

First place overall "Maui Channel Swim" 15.8 km 3 hours 24 minutes Maui, Hawaii, USA.

2006 First place overall "30th Annual Swim Around Key West" 20km in 3 hours 54 minutes Key West, Florida, USA.

First place overall "36th International Swimming Crossing of the Toroneos Gulf" 26km in 6 hours 32 minutes Halkidiki, Greece.

First place overall "63rd World's Longest Distance Swimming Competition" 81km in 10 hours 34 minutes Mushidabad, India.

Completes the passage "Marcos Díaz: A Swim for his people" From Boca Chica to the Sea Promenade of Santo Domingo 50km in 10 hours 36 minutes Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

2007 First place overall "31st Annual Swim Around Key West" 20km Key West, Florida, USA. Positioned himself 6th place in the World Ranking FINA Grand Prix 2007.

Double Swim Across Manhattan "Marcos Díaz 2 X Manhattan" Two complete turns around the island of Manhattan. About 96 to 100km 22 hours 14 minutes New York, New York, USA.

Second place by category and 11th overall "Waikiki Rough Water Swim" in 3.9km in 49 minutes 50 seconds Waikiki, Hawaii, USA.

Hernandarias, Paraná 88km in 9 hours 42 minutes Argentina.

Marathon Rosary City 9km in 1 hour 31 minutes Argentina.

Santa Fe - Coronda 57km in 8 hours 05 minutes Argentina.

2008 First place overall "Freo to Rotto Big Splash" 20km in 4 hours 43 minutes Perth, Australia.

2009 Ninth place overall "Miami 10k Nike Swim" 10km Miami, Florida, USA.

First place overall "33rd Annual Swim Around Key West" 20km in 4 hours 08 minutes Key West, Florida, USA.

First place overall "39th International Swimming Crossing of the Toroneos Gulf" 26km in 6 hours 09 minutes Halkidiki, Greece.

First place overall "National Open Water Swimming Championship" 16km 3 hours 48 minutes Samaná Bay, Dominican Republic.

First place overall "Clean Half Marathon Swim" 15km in 3 hours 21 minutes Hong Kong, China.

2010 First place overall "Race for the Conch" 1 mile Turks and Caicos.

Completes his project "Swim Across the Continents with the United Nations for the Millenium Development Goals" and is the first and only swimmer in the world to unite five continents through four journeys.

2011  First place overall "Race for the Conch 1 mile Eco Swim" 1 mile 20 minutes 27 seconds Turks and Caicos.

First place overall "Race for the Conch 2.4 miles Eco Swim" 2.4 miles 50 minutes 17 seconds Turks and Caicos.

Tenth place overall "36th Faros Marathon Swim" 16km in 3 hours 49 minutes Stari Grad, Hvar, Croatia.

Solo Crossing "A Swim for the Coasts" Celebrating the International Coastal Cleanup Day From Sosua Beach to the Malecon of Puerto Plata 26km in 4 hours 05 minutes 35 seconds Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

First place overall "Clean Half Marathon Swim" 15km in 3 hours 44 minutes Hong Kong, China.