On the same weekend that Jamie Atherton completed his 16.2K charity swim around Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai, Leah Oatway reported that South Africa's Jason Thom completed an unprecedented 25K swim from the Palm Jebel Ali to the Palm Jumeirah to raise awareness for World Diabetes Day.
After nearly 5 hours in the water, Jason said, "It’s great. I’m just surprised I can stand. I could see the finish line, but it wasn’t getting any closer." He swam the solo swim to raise awareness for a disease which affects one in five adults in the United Arab Emirates which just hosted three professional marathon swims in October.
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