Egypt's Mazen Aziz upset English Channel record holder Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria and Mission Viejo's Fran Crippen in the pro 10K race at the Traversee Internationale du lac St-Jean in Quebec, Canada. In a classic FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup finish, Aziz won in 2:04.15.84 over Stoychev's 2:04.16.30 and Crippen's 2:04.16.87.
Fourth went to David Browne of Australia in 2:04.18.02 and fifth sent to Brendan Capell in 2:04.20.3. Stoychev was the only male swimmer in Lac St Jean who will also be competing in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim.
Prior to the race, Stoychev said, "I have a son now and I have to provide for my family. This is my profession and I must travel the world to compete and win [prize money]."
Photo by Morty Berger of NYC Swim.
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