Overweight & embarrassingly slow.” Habte told news agency Reuters afterwards that he was happy with the performance.
He said: "I wanted to do something different for my country, that’s why I chose swimming.
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"Some people tried to come out en masse this morning to protest the deaths of holiday-goers on Sunday and also demand the release of people arrested during the celebrations," Nimona Negash, a tuk-tuk driver in Bishoftu, told the Associated Press.
Speaking on Monday afternoon, he said he was not aware of any further deaths, but the police are reported to be using live ammunition in a bid to restore order.
I'm not aware of any deaths this morning, but it was violent.
The largest Protestant group is the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, with about 5 million members.
Roman Catholicism has been present in Ethiopia since the century, and numbers 536,827 believers.
"Everybody, every day you wake up in Ethiopia, you run. But I didn’t want to run, I wanted to be a swimmer.
Violent clashes continued in Ethiopia as the relatives of dozens killed during a protest on Sunday flocked to the scene of the deaths, creating further tension.