David Meca
David Meca

A WORLD champion swimmer has battled big waves and strong winds to swim the Straits of Gibraltar.

Catalan David Meca, of Sabadell, took 3 hours and 39 minutes to complete the tough 14.3 km (8.9 mile) challenge, which saw him swim from Tarifa to Morocco’s Point Cires earlier today despite a strong south westerly wind.

Meca had been prevented by the maritime authority from attempting the feat earlier in the week due to ‘dangerous’ high winds.

“It was a hard day and it was complicated,” said a spokesperson for Meca’s team, who monitored his progress from a support boat.

“We all felt like we were going to vomit and the water was very cold for him”, they added.

It was the third ever crossing for 42-year-old Meca, who previously swam the stretch in 1999 and 2008.

He wanted to tackle it again to prove that it is still possible to ‘achieve great things’ in one’s forties.