Va. Navy Sailor Breaks Record for Swimming While Handcuffed

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Last week, active-duty Navy corpsman Ben Katzman, 32, unofficially but forcefully broke the Guinness World Record for distance-swimming while handcuffed.

Stationed at the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) on the Potomac just below the Route 301 Bridge, he had trained all fall and winter in the base’s pool. He made his record attempt at the nearby King George YMCA, watched carefully by the center’s aquatics director and her lifeguards.

Videographer Cathy Binder, a member of the King George County Board of Supervisors, recorded all 344 laps (5.35 miles) for submission of the record swim to Guinness, along with photos and a logbook of his lap times.

Katzman pushes off the wall to start a new lap as lifeguards and lap-counters look on. Photo: Andrew Revelos

Katzman’s proud father came all the way from Idaho to serve as a witness, kneeling beside the pool to notify his son when he broke the old record (3.4 miles). Katzman, who has loved swimming all his…

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