Petar Stoychev won the 36th annual 57K (35.4 mile) Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda in 8 hours 53 minutes 11 seconds over Argentinian Damián Blaum (8:53:13), Rostislav Vitek of the Czech Republic (8:53:18), Rodolfo Valenti of Italy (8:53:20) and Andrea Volpini of Italy (8:55:18).
20-year-old Linsy Heister of the Netherlands, who continues to improve after her 4th-place finish in the 25K at the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships, upset two-time winner Britta Kamrau, finishing in 8:55:27
The incredible Petar Stoychev finished strong, picked up right where he finished in 2008. His first victory comes only a few months after he wrapped up his 8th consecutive FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix title in 2008 (his 8th consecutive circuit champinship). The exciting finish can be seen below:
Photo from the Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda website. Photo of Linsy Heister by ANP.
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