Kicker – Swimming in handcuffs

MARY REICHARD, HOST: A Virginia man just broke a world record in a YMCA swimming pool. 

Ben Katzman swam more than 5 miles without resting. 

Not too big a deal by itself. But there’s a twist. 

Ben described his record attempt just before diving in.

KATZMAN: We’re going for the Guinness World Record for the farthest swim wearing handcuffs.

The Navy sailor swam 344 laps for a total of nearly 5.4 miles. That easily shattered the previous record, two miles less than that. 

His father Joseph Katzman looked on. He said “I’m just so happy and praise God I can be here to witness it.”

KATZMAN: And I guess all the swimming lessons I gave him as a kid growing up has finally paid off!

After the record-breaking swim, Ben said he was starving and his back was a bit stiff. But otherwise he felt fantastic!

It’s The World and Everything in It.

(Photo/Mike Morones, The Free Lance-Star)

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