Slovenian swimming down Danube reaches YU

BELGRADE, Jul 25, 2000 -- (Reuters) A Slovenian swimmer aiming to become the first person to swim the length of the river Danube arrived in Yugoslavia on Monday, three days ahead of schedule, his spokeswoman said.

Martin Strel, 45, began his attempt to swim the entire 2,860 km (1,780 mile) waterway at its source in Germany's Black Forest on June 25.

"Everything is going fine," said Natasa Ajlec, his spokeswoman, speaking by phone from the town of Backa Palanka where Strel arrived from Croatia. "He's in very good shape."

She said Strel, an ambassador for the World Wide Fund for Nature who has said he is doing the swim for peace and clean rivers, was expected in the northern city of Novi Sad on Tuesday afternoon.

After Yugoslavia, he will pass through Bulgaria, Romania, Moldavia and Ukraine.

Strel has said he expects to arrive at the Romanian Black Sea town of Tulcea on August 24.

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