Sport: The Shark of Quilla Creek

Grizzled, fiftyish Pedro Candioti is one of Argentina's most beloved athletes. His specialty is not futbol, polo or tennis, but endurance swimming. Last week, for the 26th time, Pedro Candioti tried to realize his life's ambition: to swim down the Paraná River to Buenos Aires.

In the past he had started from various towns, 200 to 300 miles away. This year he started from Rosario, 205 miles above the capital. For three days & nights he churned and paddled—past San Pedro, past Baradero, past Uriburu, past Campana. At each river town he was greeted...

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