Iranian Authorities Refuse to Acknowledge Female Marathon Swimmer

heartheart Member
edited July 2013 in General Discussion
Swimmer Elham Asghari swam 20k in full Islamic garb (can you imagine the drag? Kudos to her!) and Iranian authorities are ignoring her. Thoughts? http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/05/iranian-swimmer-elham-asghari

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  • KarenTKarenT Charter Member
    edited July 2013
    Mandai said:

    While we often "look down" on people swimming in wetsuits, here is one to look up to: interesting report on an Iranian girl that swam 20km in a full hijab.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/05/iranian-swimmer-elham-asghari

    [admin note: Mandai's comment was posted in this thread]

    A sad and sobering story - thanks for posting. But I think it's important to call her a woman rather than a girl. Elham Asghari is 32.
  • She beat the record while wearing that thing?! I imagine some of the men are extremely bitter. Truly pathetic. She holds the record whether they recognise it or not imo.
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    edited July 2013
    What record? It's not specified.
    Between what places?
    What time?
    With or without landfall in between?
    With flippers, snorkel, ....?
    Buoyancy of the fabric?

    Don't misunderstand me, 20 hours swimming is an achievement but in what context do we put it besides the quarrel with her countrymen?
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • firebahfirebah Member
    edited July 2013
    It is a record in Iran and it doesn't matter if it meets our definition for an OWS record - that is NOT the issue. The issue is the oppression of women in this country and others and now through OWS once again an example of this oppression is there for the world to see. I hope this woman does not have 'to pay the price' for having gone public with this oppression.
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    edited July 2013
    You start swimming naked in the USA at a common beach. See how fast you get a fine.
    So many countries, so many customs.
    We only hear her side of the story.

    Still not convinced it's a record. With or without hijab.
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    edited July 2013
    So many countries, so many customs.
    You start swimming naked in the East River-New Glasgow and they declare you insane. ->link

    Wear a 'tiny' bikini bottom (in the eyes of some American males) and get kicked out of a pool ->link

    Private nudist swimming cancelled by Iceoplex under city pressure ->link

    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • It's a record for having a backbone of solid titanium. Swimming 20km in an extra 6 kg of cloth and then publicly asserting her RIGHT to swim in a country where women have been killed/tortured for alot less - man, she is the real deal.

    I want to be the first to nominate her for the open water swimmer of the year.

    -LBJ
    "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot
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