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Faisal Jawad Hassan

Faisal  Jawad Hassan

Faisal Jawad Hassan

Guinness World record holder for the fastest man to swim 10km underwater

The 33-year-old Kuwaiti is paraplegic, after having lost the use of his legs in a car accident when he was 20. His record-breaking time for the 10km was 5 hours and 24 minutes, beating the previous record of 6 hours 21 minutes – which was set by an able-bodied diver – by almost an hour. 

The record had been a long-standing ambition of Mr Hassan, who learned to scuba dive to assist with his personal recovery following the accident. 'After the car accidents I had, the first thing I did was challenging my fears,' said Hassan. 'I chose to learn how to dive. After I dove I felt that I am free under the water,' he said, adding: 'Diving can set me free from sadness and hopelessness and made feel free.'