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Man finishes lengthy swim to Shanghai

A 56-YEAR-OLD man successfully completed a 1,200 kilometer swim in the Yangtze River from Wuhan to Shanghai yesterday and later appeared at the World Expo to promote exercise.

Bao Zhengbin took 32 days to complete his "dream," concluding the swim at Shanghai's Chongming Island.

"I have come to the Expo to promote the idea that everyone needs to exercise," Bao said yesterday, which was also the second National Fitness Day. "People should get some exercise every day."

Bao started his journey on July 7 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, and swam 40 kilometers each day, spending about 4 hours per day in the water. He would take short breaks for food and water by going into a boat that followed him all the way to Shanghai. He stopped in all major cities along the Yangtze River.

"I have had this idea for 44 years," Bao said during a press conference at the Information and Communications Pavilion.

Bao said he first thought of swimming to Shanghai when he was 12 years old, when his parents took him to Shanghai by ship.

"The scenery along the Yangtze River touched me a great deal, and I thought that one day I'll swim to Shanghai," Bao said.


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