Monday, February 2, 2009

Stoychev Starts Off in 2009 Where He Finished in 2008

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Petar Stoychev won the 36th annual 57 km (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 25 km 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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