One renowned marathon swimmer, Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria, did not elect to swim in the 2009 World Swimming Championships 25K race. Instead, he flew immediately from Rome after the 10K race to compete in the 55th annual Traversee internationale du lac St-Jean.
Fighting off jet-lag, Petar Stoychev won the most prestigious race on the marathon swimming circuit in 6:58:39, head of Argentina's Damian Blaum who finished in 6:59:53 and France's Joanes Hedel in 7:06:19.
Camilla Frediani of Italy won the women's race in 7:33:31 ahead of Pilar Geijo of Argentina in 7:36:53 and Marianela Mendoza also of Argentina in 8:06:46.
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