Since 1955, Lac St-Jean in Quebec, Canada has drawn the world's best marathon swimmers to compete in the
Traversee internationale du lac St-Jean, also known at the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix.
Petar Stoychev, who was just touched out by Mazen Aziz of Egypt on Thursday in the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup, won overwhelmingly in 7 hours 39 minutes over Brendan Capell of Australia in 7 hours 44 minutes and Simon Tobin of Canada in 7 hours 49 minutes.
Similarly, Natalya Pankina of Russia won easily in 8 hours 36 minutes over second-place Shelley Clark of Australia in 8 hours 37 minutes and third-place finisher Stefanie Biller of Germany in 8 hours 40 minutes.
The water temperature was a mild 66ºF (19ºC), but the winds were a relatively strong 30-40 km/hour.
Photo by Dr. Jim Miller.