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600 take the plunge in unusual St. Petersburg swim

AP  |  St Peterburg(Russia) 

More than 600 swimmers from 13 countries have stroked their way through one of Russia's most scenic and historic settings, circling the island that holds the

The 2.3-kilometre circuit which some swam twice today took them around the noted for the needle-thin golden church spire that rises 122 metres high.

The cathedral is where most Russian czars since Peter the Great are buried.

It is a tough swim not only for its length, but because of strong currents and seaweed in the

Yelena Vodolazova, 46, of says "it was not only a physical challenge for oneself but also an unforgettable experience of swimming in such beautiful historical location where swimming is normally restricted.

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 19:30 IST