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Friday, January 17, 2014
Flying Fast Freestyle Down The Coronda River
Two years later in 1976, Plit lowered the bar again, but just barely to 7 hours 43 minutes.
Within 12 years, Plit's mark was shattered by Diego Degano in 1990 with a 6 hour 59 minute swim. "It was the first race where I faced the pressure of having to win. I remember that for at least twenty days before the race, the sun did not come out and the weather was unpredictable. With drizzles and clouds on race day, the river was full, rising more than 20 inches in 24 hours without winds."
Twenty years later in 2010, Petar Stoychev rose to the occasion, with the river as nature cooperated. The currents gave a good push to the swimmers enabling the indomitable Bulgaria to set the record that still stands in 6 hours and 57 minutes.
As for women, the Dutch heroine Edith Van Dijk dominated. When she competed, she was very close to the winning men. In 2005, she was only 3 minutes behind the winner. In 2003, she was 50 seconds behind the top man.
Fastest Winning Times
1. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria), 37th edition: 6:57:52
2. Diego Degano (Argentina), 17th edition: 7:26:08
3. Stéphane Gomez (France), 32nd edition: 7:15:11
4. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria), 34th edition: 7:29:40
5. David Meca Medina (Spain), 28th edition: 7:29:52
6. Rafael Perez (Argentina), 30th edition: 7:31:07
1. Edith Van Dijk (Netherlands), 32nd edition: 7:18:21
2. Esther Nuñez (Spain), 37th edition: 7:26:08
3. Edith Van Dijk (Netherlands), 30th edition: 7:31:57
4. Silvia Dalotto (Argentina), 17th edition: 7:35:10
5. Edith Van Dijk (Netherlands), 29th edition: 7:40:59
6. Edith Van Dijk (Netherlands), 28th edition: 7:46:18
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