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74# маратон Галата-Варна, Galata-Varna, Bulgaria

Date: 
Sunday, 3 August, 2014 (All day)

~4,4 km

http://www.varnamaraton.info

Once a year, on the first Sunday of August, you can cross the Bay of Varna, relying solely on their own strength and endurance. The route of the traditional swimming marathon starts and ends at Cape Galata second Buna, covering a distance of 4400 meters in the open ocean is difficult to swim in a straight line, so it is possible competitors to travel longer distances.

Bulgaria's Petar Stoychev to Return to Marathon Swimming

Bulgarian star marathon swimmer Petar Stoychev, who recently spent two months in office as caretaker Minister of Sport, has announced plans to resume sports career.

Stoychev, as cited by dnevnik.bg, explained he wanted to be in good shape by the beginning of next year.

73# маратон Галата-Варна, Galata-Varna, Bulgaria

Date: 
Sunday, 4 August, 2013 - 21:00

4,4 km

http://www.varnamaraton.info

Once a year, on the first Sunday of August, you can cross the Bay of Varna, relying solely on their own strength and endurance. The route of the traditional swimming marathon starts and ends at Cape Galata second Buna, covering a distance of 4400 meters in the open ocean is difficult to swim in a straight line, so it is possible competitors to travel longer distances.

Who is Who: Bulgaria Caretaker Sports Minister Petar Stoychev

Bulgarian marathon swimming star Petar Stoychev has been appointed sports minister in Bulgaria's caretaker government.

Petar Stoychev was born 24 October 1976 in the small town of Momchilgrad.

He is a Bulgarian swimmer, one of the most successful long distance marathon swimmers of the last decade, one of the greatest marathon swimmers of all time and an honor swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

Stoychev has 11 consecutive wins of a major international open water marathon swimming FINA series since 2001 (World Cup winner 2001–2006, Grand Prix winner 2007–2011) with more than 60 wins in individual swimming marathons.

Bulgaria's Star Stoychev Surprised to Rank 9 in Men's 10km Swimming Marathon

Bulgaria's best swimmer Petar Stoychev finished ninth in the men's swimming marathon at the London Olympics on Friday even though he did set a personal record.

"I am not happy with the result. I was in excellent shape and very well prepared, but the speed was really fast," Stoychev told Bulgarian reporters in London.

Stoychev clocked 1:50:46.2, which is his best time in the 10 kilometer marathon so far.

"My strategy was to keep up with Germany's Thomas Lurz, but the moment the leaders charged ahead, I lost sight of him. Another problem was the fact that those who remained behind were a group of swimmers, who were meddling with each others' swimming. It is not that the leaders swam so fast, rather we, the rest in the group behind, created problems for one another," Stoychev said.

The phenomenal Bulgarian swimmer, who is one of the best marathon swimmers of all times, hinted that this may be his last major tournament.

“At the age of 36, I am far too older than most of my rivals. Now I will have to decide what to do next, this is the hardest part,” he shared.

72# маратон Галата-Варна, Galata-Varna, Bulgaria

Date: 
Sunday, 5 August, 2012 (All day)

4,4 km

http://www.varnamaraton.info/?page_id=6

Once a year, on the first Sunday of August, you can cross the Bay of Varna, relying solely on their own strength and endurance. The route of the traditional swimming marathon starts and ends at Cape Galata second Buna, covering a distance of 4400 meters in the open ocean is difficult to swim in a straight line, so it is possible competitors to travel longer distances.

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