Disabled athletes set for long swim to Milos

A team of Greek physically disabled swimmers, including a double gold medalist at the Sydney Paralympics, is to attempt a 145-kilometer (90-mile) swim from Attica to the island of Milos on Saturday in order to increase public awareness over the potential of disabled athletes. The five swimmers, four of whom took part in the 2000 Games, plan to cover the distance in five days, starting from Cape Sounion and making stops at the islands of Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos and Kimolos. They will swim from early in the morning until late at night, accompanied by two swimming coaches and a support team in a dinghy. The swimmers taking part in the event, named Aegeathlon, have good or full trunk control but lack at least one limb. Sydney Paralympics double gold medalist Costas Fykas was born without a right arm. They will not be using artificial limbs or swimming aids, such as flippers.

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