Petar Stoychev is admittedly slowing down and victories are
more difficult to come by as a 34-year-old.
However, 2011 saw Petar
extend his dominance over the professional marathon swimming world for the
unprecedented 11th consecutive year.
He started out the
year by winning the 57K FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix race in Argentina
for the 10th year in a row and finished by winning his 11th consecutive
Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Canada and 11th consecutive
victory at the 34K Traversée internationale du lac Memphrémagog in Canada
against the fastest marathon swimmers in the world. Along the way, the
English Channel world record holder also won the very difficult 25K race at the
World Championships in inhospitably 32°C water in China. He was the first world open water swimming champion from Bulgaria. He also won the equally
inhospitable 11°C water at the Cadiz Freedom Swim in South Africa.
his continued dominance, world championship gold medal and willingness to
travel anywhere to compete against anyone, Petar Stoychev is a worthy nominee
for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.
WOWSA aims to promote open water swimming as a global sport for those of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It hosts the World Open Water Swimming Awards to recognize the open water swimming’s heroes and heroines.
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