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IN PICS: Santa-clad swimmers brace cold for annual Christmas swim in Barcelona

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IN PICS: Santa-clad swimmers brace cold for annual Christmas swim in Barcelona
Santa cools down on Christmas Day in Barcelona. Photo: Josep Lago.
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More than 400 swimmers braced the cold temperatures to complete the 200-metre swimming challenge known as the 'Copa Nadal'.

The 109th edition held in the cold waters of Barcelona's old harbour saw 430 participants take to the water on Christmas Day. Many wore party costumes or Santa suits. 

Santa flips. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP.

One participant dressed as a clown for the annual public swim in Barcelona's old port. 

Photo: Josep Lago/AFP. 

Some swimmers used the occasion to protest the fate of Catalan political prisoners such as Jordi Sanchez, who were sentenced for their role in the Catalan independence campaign

Participants swim with a sign that reads word Llibertat – Freedom – in support of Catalan political prisoners. Photo: Josep Lago. 

Established in 1907, women first competed in the Copa Nadal in 1928. The event takes place on the morning of December 25th in front of the Columbus Monument at the end of Las Ramblas.

Guillem Pujol, a swimmer from Matarò, has won for the last five years running, according to the organiser – Club Natació Barcelona. 

This Santa had clearly had enough. Photo: Josep Lago. 

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