Petar Stoychev, the English Channel record holder and number one ranked professional marathon swimmer over the last 7 years, won the 30K Ohrid Swimming Marathon in his final tune-up for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim.
The lake race in Macedonia has a colorful open water swimming history dating back to 1924. The 2008 version was no less colorful and may result in rule changes.
Stoychev, finished in 6:14.51.4, winning a very close race over Brendan Capell of Australia (6:14:53.29), Stephane Gomez of France (6:14:53.5), Tomi Stefanovski of Macedonia (6:14:53.70) and Damian Blaum of Argentina (6:14:55.32).
Six hours of hard swimming with less than 4 seconds separating top 5 men. It is no wonder that emotions were still sky high moments after the race. Ohrid News caught on camera how the emotions flared at the finish line between Petar Stoychev and Stephane Gomez.
Stoychev will be swimming the 1500-meter freestyle and the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Beijing. Gilles Rondy will be representing France.
On the women's side, Stefanie Biller of Germany won in 6 hours 15 minutes, comfortably ahead of Spain's sther Nunez Morera and Shelley Clark of Australia in 6 hours 35 minutes.
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