On August 5th Nathalie swam through the “Tsugaru Strait” – a 20 kilometre long strait between the Japanese main island Honshu and the northern island Hokkaido. With an outstanding time of 10:09 hours she crossed the passage known for its countless pitfalls. At 12:30 p.m. (UTC+9) she reached the finish on the coast of the Matsumae peninsula on Hokkaido. This makes Nathalie not only the first woman from Germany, but also the fastest European to complete the demanding open water route between Japan’s largest islands.
Nathalie: It’s simply unbelievable! The distance between Honshu and Hokkaido was the ultimate challenge for me – I had to fight to the last meter. Only later did I realize that I had achieved such a great result! I am simply overwhelmed that the hard training was worth it again.
With the crossing of the Tsugaru Strait Nathalie masters the fourth of seven stages on the way to the “Ocean’s Seven” – the most important long distance open water swimming events in the world.