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She will seek to be the youngest swimmer to cross the Río de la Plata: twelve hours in the water to unite Argentina with Uruguay


Pilar Telleria is 19 years old. In March she will try to cover the 42 kilometers that separate Colonia from Buenos Aires.

Pilar Tellería

, a 19-year-old swimmer from Parque Leloir, in Ituzaingó, is preparing with everything for what is the biggest dream she has in her sports career:

swimming across the Río de la Plata

from the Uruguayan city of Colonia del Sacramento to Punta Lara

, in the Ensenada Party.

The section is 42 kilometers long

and the swimmer's idea is to do it in the week of March 10 to 17, although she has not yet been able to define a specific date because she has to wait to see what the weather conditions will be like


that time.


It is a dream that I have had since I was 15 years old

, I think it helps me to understand that nothing is impossible and that nothing was in vain, because a year ago I had an attempt to cross and I could not complete it; I understand

that I am giving a message of perseverance: honestly I am convinced that this time I will achieve it

, "says Pilar.

Pilar Tellería, training in one of her open water routines.

(Photo: Courtesy Flia. Tellería)

The young athlete

began in the world of swimming when she was very young at a recreational level

and then had an


in which she tried other disciplines such as artistic gymnastics and dance.

She didn't like her and at the age of 11 she ended up going back to her native sport.


From 11 to 15 I swam in the CAVA Ituzaingó club

and had some competitions against neighborhood clubs, but

I quickly realized that open water was my thing

: at 14 I had my first competition in the specialty and I didn't stop more", details Pilar. 

The first important test he did in open water was the

20-kilometer Vuelta de Obligado a San Pedro

 when he was 15 years old and he currently continues to compete on the Argentine calendar, although he also aims to move to international swimming. 

Pilar Tellería must be in the water between 12 and 13 hours to cross the Río de la Plata.

(Photo: Courtesy Flia. Tellería)

Pilar is undergoing

rigorous training to cross the Río de la Plata: she spends about six hours getting physically ready

at the Argentine Center for Sports Excellence (Cenared) in Ituzaingó, divided into a pool and a gym.

Also, when he has time, he will do open water training: he was recently in Colón, Entre Ríos, where

he covered 37 kilometers of the Uruguay River in 10 hours and showed that he is very close to the performance he needs to unite Colonia with Punta Lara


At night and with a light buoy

"I feel very satisfied with what I have been doing and I don't think I have many things to improve, but what is

important from now on is swimming at night, because the journey that I am going to make in the Río de La Plata will surely It will start at night

: I'm going to have a light buoy tied that I'll take off at dawn", details the swimmer. 

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Until now,

the youngest swimmer who crossed the Río de la Plata was the Argentine Lautaro Lasagna: in 2013 he spent 13 hours and 59 minutes to cross the watercourse

and his goal was in solidarity: to help the mistreated boys who lived at that time in the former Casa Cuna in Buenos Aires.

Now, 10 years later, Pilar Tellería will try to repeat the feat, which is very expensive because she cannot swim alone in the river and must have her own team, made up of her coach and her meditation teacher, who will be in a boat and will be those in charge of feeding her, hydrating her and giving her technical instructions to carry out the journey.


there will be a Red Cross boat that will escort it with doctors and lifeguards and in certain sections the Argentine Prefecture will be accompanying the delegation and in others, the Uruguayan Prefecture.

"At the moment my parents are helping me to pay for a large part of the expenses and we also have support from the Municipality and the Quickly tights brand, which designs custom-made models for me and also supports me financially. Cenared is also collaborating, putting its property at my entire disposal so that I can train everything I need", closes the swimmer from Ituzaingó. 

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