How do we know Rainsford is an exceptionally fit man in the short story, "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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    Sanger Rainsford is a world-acclaimed big game hunter who falls off his yacht at night in treacherous waters in Richard Connell's short story, "The Most Dangerous Game." He swims to safety on a small island and discovers a mansion owned by a former Russian Cossack general and hunter who prefers a more dangerous type of game. When General Zaroff informs Rainsford that he will be the Russian's new prey, Rainsford takes off on what will be two days of survival of the most fearful type.
    His fitness as a hunter and fine swimmer having already been proven, his next physical test will prove to be far more serious. He stays several steps ahead of the armed Russian and his assistant, Ivan, as well as a pack of hunting dogs. He climbs trees, digs pits, cuts down small trees and eventually climbs to the highest point on the island before plunging into the sea. He survives the fall, swims back to Zaroff's home, and kills the well-fed stalker. His feats and ability to stay alive proves that Rainsford's physical fitness is exceptional.

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