An Israeli woman has set a free diving world record after spending four days in a diving pool in the Israel-Jordan border area of the Jordan River.
In addition to her two-day diving record for a total of 20 days, Yael Shaul posted the time as 1,100 meters and broke the previous record of 881 meters set by a woman from the coastal city of Ashkelon.
She was participating in the Free Diving Challenge, which is an Israeli-Jordanian initiative that encourages Israeli divers to take part in the competitions.
The initiative was established in the 1990s by former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert.
It was the first time that a group of Israeli women participated in the competition, which started with a swim in the Jordan’s Jordan River and continued on to a 10-day competition in the Israeli-controlled West Bank.
The contest has now become a national event in Israel, where the men’s and women’s world records have been set.
The swim was a part of a series of six events in Israel and Jordan.
The most recent of which was held in the northern Israeli town of Nahal.
Shaul, 25, who is currently living in Israel with her boyfriend, was among those participating in that swim.
She told The Jerusalem Report that she had a goal of making it to 1,000 meters in the swimming pool, which she achieved.
She then decided to try out the pool on the day she left the hospital.
The record swim took her to 1:30 a.m., and the first person to break the record was an American who entered as a first-time competitor.
The Jerusalem Post previously reported that the record swim was the second time in less than a year that an Israeli woman managed to break her own record.
On January 25, 2015, an Israeli man reached the 100-meter mark in the pool, and Shaul broke her own previous record by nearly two minutes.
A separate report by the Associated Press also noted that Shaul had been in Israel for nearly three months, having spent the last two months with her mother.
She also has a newborn son.
She told the AP that she decided to break down barriers and take part after she had been denied entry to a few competitions.
“I realized I was being judged as an outsider.
It’s important to do something to challenge the status quo, and I was so surprised that people did not think I could do it,” Shaul told the newspaper.
She said she also noticed that Israeli divers did not always follow guidelines, which caused her to start looking for other options.
She explained that she and her boyfriend decided to participate in the event because of their desire to get to know each other better.
“For me, it was like a second chance,” she told the Associated Post.