Petar Stoychev didn’t take long to remind the marathon world has good he is. Stoychev won the BCT Gdynia Marathon in Poland by 2 minutes over rival Trent Grimsey.

The English Channel record holder and 4-time Olympian won the 18 km sea swim from Hel to Gdynia in 3 hours 51 minutes. American Christine Jennings won the women’s division in 4 hours 40 seconds, finishing relatively close to the top men and a 2 minutes ahead of Polish Olympian Natalia Charlos.

The water temperature was a warmer-than-expected 18-19°C as the Polish hosts put on a world-class event with over US$28,000 in total prize money. “I love this place,” said Stoychev who hinted at his retirement. “We had good weather today.”

We are proud, not only athletes, but also from the fact that we meet the difficult task of conducting a race to the highest standards and at the global level,” said Dagmara Łuczka, a spokesman for BCT Gdynia Marathon.

The final results:

1. Petar Stoychev
2. Trent Grimsey
3. Christine Jennings
4. Natalia Charlos
5. Benjamin Konschak
6. Pilar Geijo
7. Chris Bryan
8. Krzysztof Pielowski
9. Sebastian Karaś
10. Megan Melgaard
11. Jan Urbaniak
12. Mallory Mead
13. Grzegorz Radomski

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